Handicap Entrance at TDW a Reality

31 OCT 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Cheviot, OH) A long-time goal of The Drama Workshop, the community theatre troupe based at The Glenmore Playhouse in Cheviot, is now a reality with the addition of a new handicap entrance. The improvement to the 96-seat facility was made possible by a generous grant from the Clare Schibi Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Since the 61-year-old theatrical company purchased and began renovations the former Glenmore Bowl building, a major goal has been to make the building accessible to its patrons with mobility issues. For the last three seasons, the only entrances to the building have required patrons to navigate steps at the front or side doors. Because of the way the building is configured, the only option to add a handicap ramp was to cut a new opening in the building.

Over the last two seasons, TDW’s patrons contributed over $1,500 towards the construction of a new ramp and entrance. A special production of the comedy PRECIOUS HEART in the summer of 2014 raised another $2,000, but these efforts fell far short of the modifications’ $14000 price tag. The Drama Workshop had all but given up on doing the project this year, until the Clare Schibi Memorial Foundation stepped in with its $8,000 contribution. TDW was able to cover the difference from its general operating budget, and the go-ahead for work was given.

“The Clare Schibi Memorial Foundation was honored to be able to support The Glenmore Playhouse,” said Teri Schibi, president of the foundation. “Our hope is that this new handicap entrance will enable everyone to enjoy the arts and all that The Glenmore Playhouse has to offer.”

The new entrance will be formally dedicated at a ceremony at 12:30 pm on Sunday, November 8, prior to the final performance of TDW’s production of DEATHTRAP. The Glenmore Playhouse is located at 3716 Glenmore Ave in Cheviot. All are welcome to celebrate this major enhancement to Cheviot’s own community theatre. A limited number of tickets to the 2 pm performance of DEATHTRAP that day are also available. Reservations for the show may be made by calling 513.598.8303 or by visiting the group website at www.thedramaworkshop.org.

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For additional information on The Drama Workshop or The Glenmore Playhouse, please contact either of us via email or phone.

Kind Regards,

Ray Persing
Marketing Committee, The Drama Workshop
937-877-6116 (cell)
937-257-4819 (work)
trpersing@gmail.com

Gretchen Gantner
TDW Marketing Chair
513-470-5516
groose1876@aol.com

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THE DRAMA WORKSHOP was founded in 1954. TDW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education and promotion of the theatrical arts. The Drama Workshop is widely recognized as one of greater Cincinnati’s most accomplished community theater organizations, garnering dozens of awards annually from the Association of Community Theatres of Cincinnati. TDW productions have been regularly selected to represent the Southwest Ohio region at the Ohio Community Theatre Association annual conference, and TDW was also honored to represent the state of Ohio at the American Association of Community Theatre regional conference in 2013. The Drama Workshop was also recognized by the Cincinnati Preservation Association in 2013 for their efforts to rehabilitate the former Glenmore Bowl into The Glenmore Playhouse. Prospective members, and individuals or businesses interested in becoming involved or in helping advance TDW’s mission are encouraged to contact the group through our website at www.thedramaworkshop.org, or by phone at 513-598-8303.

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