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Raising the Curtain at the Hardacre

TIPTON, IA (CBS2/FOX28) After the doors closed at Tiptons Hardacre Theater in December, the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association pulled together the funds to buy the building. Now, theyre working to raise the curtain at the Hardacre once again.

Sometimes, you just need the memories for a group of volunteers to save a landmark.

"The first time I was here it was quite exciting and thrilling, said Janet Whaley, the Cedar County Stoplight Players Director. Shes in charge of this weekends performances of The Last 5 Years, the proceeds of which will go towards restoring the Hardacre Theater.

Everything, its just nostalgic, said Tracy Pelzer-Timm, who plays the lead female role in the play. She met her husband as a teen when she was interviewing for a job at the theater.

Whaley says she appeared in her first performance under the Hardacre lights. Pelzer-Timm met her future husband when she applied for a job as a teen. Now, years later, theyre channeling those memories into raising the money to renovate the walls that they wish could talk.

"Everything from the roof down to the seats here in the auditorium will have to be replaced, said the President of the Hardacre Theater Preservation Association Greg Brown.

Step one is a community theater performance this weekend. All proceeds go towards restoration costs. Its a piece of theater art to save a theater building.

"It helps the community understand just exactly what it is we're trying to do, said Brown. We want to make sure that everybody understands it's going to be much more than just a movie theater."

"It doesn't matter if you're a city the size of Tipton or if you're in Chicago, there are always people that are going to gravitate towards the arts because it reaches them, said Pelzer-Timm.

It reaches theater patrons just like Hardacre memories still reach plenty of people today.

The goal is to get the renovation done so that the Hardacre can re-open in April of 2016 to mark its 100th Anniversary.

The performances this weekend are at Tipton High School on Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 23 at 2:30 pm.

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