During the working session of the Calumet Village Council on Thursday, the gallery was almost full. Dozens of people attached to the Calumet Theater Company, as well as Wendy Davis and Sean Gohman of the National Park Service were in attendance.

The board discussed the possibility of breaking the lease and ending its relationship with the non-profit organization in charge of theater operations. Administrator Andrew Ranville said after reviewing the document, changes need to be made whether or not fences are fixed between the two groups. Trustee Elise Matz agreed.

I think setting higher expectations is going to protect everyone; the Village, the Theater Company, the Calumets, owners of the theater. When I first looked at the lease, I thought maybe this was what the odd couple had come up with to split the apartment up, not a partnership.

Park supervisor Wendy Davis said the Calumet Theater is one of only three stages in the country to be located in a national park. She said the village, and all taxpayers, have a vested interest in keeping it vibrant. Davis says he shares the company with some of the country’s most historic properties, such as the site where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

It is just as important as the Ford Theater in the great preservation project.

Davis warned the building needed serious help. The inspection process led by UP engineers and architects will last for months, probably until January. It is funded by the National Park Service and costs could reach $ 50,000. The money was transferred from another project within the agency and does not represent new expenses. Davis requested that there be no interference from the parties involved.

The Park Service was concerned from the start that this was about the building’s voice being heard. Not about the voice of the board or someone with a plan or idea, but the voice of the building talking about its condition to experienced architects and engineers.

Finally, Ranville asked the chairman of the board of the Calumet Theater Company, Dan Jamison, and the director of marketing, Bethany Jones, for a list of officers. Dianne St. Amour is the new secretary and Michele Southerland is now treasurer.

Jones says the new group is qualified to help get the organization back on track.

The theater closed without professional staff in place. This is why there has been such a lapse of time. There weren’t people with the experience that our new members have in theater who really have a better understanding of the performing arts, how to staff and manage a theater.

The meeting lasted about 75 minutes.

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