Here’s how YOU can help Burien Actors Theatre, a victim of Tuesday’s arson

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Our friends at Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) – as well as the Hi-Liners (and some other local non-profits) – suffered greatly from an arson fire on Tuesday morning (read our extensive coverage here), that investigators are estimating to have caused over $150,000 in damages.

If you’d like to help the folks at BAT, who are still looking for a place to perform “Coney Island Christmas,” you can donate online HERE, or mail a check to BAT, P.O. Box 48121, Burien, WA 98148.

“As you can imagine, I and my co-director, and all of us involved with the show have been experiencing a sense of shock, loss and disbelief,” said Rochelle Flynn on her Facebook Page. “However, we have received a tremendous outpouring of love and support from our cast, crew, other theatres, and the community at large. We are moving forward. We are looking into alternative spaces locally and hope to have one secured by tomorrow, move in on Thursday, restage the show on Friday and reopen on Saturday. As the cliché goes, the show must go on!”

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We hope to also post about how Readers can help the other victims of this fire, so stay tuned…]

Eric Dickman of BAT is allowing us to re-post his blog post about the fire:

As you may have heard there was a fire at BAT. Right now the cause is believed to have been arson. That is not as important as the fact that no one was hurt.CIMG1171

BAT is halfway through its run of “Coney Island Christmas.” BAT is looking for an interim space and hopes to complete the run of this show, even if BAT must miss this Friday. More on that as BAT locates a space and determines what it will take to move-in and tech the show.

BAT has been overwhelmed with good wishes and offers to help, from patrons and the greater theater community. How wonderful that is cannot be put into words. BAT-fans are unbelievable. In this dark time BAT-fans are a bright ray of hope.

The cast, crew and tech people involved with “Coney Island Christmas” could not be CIMG1168better. They have offered to help in every possible way. It brings tears to our eyes. Their outpouring of love for each other and for BAT is overwhelming.

So what can you do to help BAT? Right now your tax deductible donation, if that is possible, would make a big difference. A wonderful donor stepped up at the beginning of “Coney Island Christmas” and agreed to match the first $2,500 donated to CIMG1176BAT during the show. BAT has never needed your help and that match more than it does now. You can donate online HERE, or mail a check to BAT, P.O. Box 48121, Burien, WA 98148.

As soon as BAT finds an interim space we will post the schedule for the rest of “Coney Island Christmas.” Of course, if any dates are missed there will be refunds.


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5 Responses to “Here’s how YOU can help Burien Actors Theatre, a victim of Tuesday’s arson”
  1. Crystal says:

    Ton of empty retail space at the Burien Condo site, what a lovely spot that would be

  2. feisty says:

    Highline High school has a awesome Theatre….

    • Steve says:

      The Highline Performing Arts Center is a beautiful theatre but also very expensive. The Hi-Liners do their big fall production there, but all of the smaller productions are at the more cost effective Annex theatre. It is very cost prohibitive to do multiple shows there.

  3. Bruce says:

    Since the property is owned by the City of Burien, I would assume they were insured, and will step up and do the right thing (in this case, take care of the necessary repairs). To leave these groups without a space, and to potentially have them have to leave Burien, would be quite a shame. Please do the right thing, Burien

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