ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- After scrutiny and backlash over its handling of funds, taking out loans, and putting itself in debt, the Rochester Civic Theatre still has shows this season. Romeo and Juliet is next on the docket and opens March 13th.
With plenty of outside noise and uncertainty about the future of the theatre, the volunteer actors are pushing through to deliver.
Rhys Van Ert, who plays Romeo in the play, says, "I think it's going to be a great show it's been a lot of fun to put together and do."
Brooke Olsen, one of five full-time staff members, says "I'm not quite worried about the theatre and my job... but we're moving forward and are going to recover from it." She also went on to say she tries to be upbeat in rehearsals to keep the noise out, but admitted that she does update cast members about the current status of the theatre when they ask.
Romeo and Juliet runs from March 13th through the 29th while its last show of the season is Aida: The Musical running May 1-17, 2020. City Council has said that after the season ends in May, it will re-evaluate the theatre and move forward from there.