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Have your say on an arts facility

Pglogonotext_2 Theater artists with a dream are working to help transform the 550-seat, open-air (but dome-covered) Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens into a true performing arts center.

Max Pearl, artistic director of the Pinecrest Repertory theater; producer and arts consultant Darrell Calvin, and set designer Kenneth Kurtz have been appointed to a committee by Pinecrest mayor Gary Matzner and the Village of Pinecrest Council.  Their task is to produce a feasibility study and business plan, as well as making recommendations about improvements and renovations to the facility.

The Banyan Bowl is located at Pinecrest Gardens, once the home of Parrot Jungle.  Pinecrest Rep has staged two productions there, and Pearl says that the aim is to make the transformed facility home to several professional companies.

A workshop on the project is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Pine Room at Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 SW 111th St., Pinecrest.  Pearl, Calvin and Kurtz are seeking input and ideas. For information, visit the village web site or email Pearl.

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