CALUMET — At Calumet Theater Co.’s regular board meeting on Monday, executive director Jay Maki said the theater had a successful and productive summer season.
Between July 13 and December 16, the lineup of events expanded to no less than 36 shows and events, not to mention two private rentals in August and two in September.
One event Maki brought back was a dinner and movie, which he says grew in attendance and popularity — until the winter weather interfered.
In September, the series of programs presented the 1938 version of The Adventures of Robin Hood. The next in the series featured the 1952 release of Singin’ in the Rain.
Maki said the September dinner turnout was 20, while the November event showed an increase to 28 for dinner. However, the weather played a role in the decline in movie attendance.
“Film attendance was not as high as we thought,” Maki said, “but that was the start of this weekend’s snow.”
Although financially the November event was a success, Maki said he was disappointed with the decline in movie attendance, which was around 50, he said.
The Oct. 28 event, which featured The Shining, was a success, Maki said.
We had our first late show, Movie with a Social. We had the Shining, which was pretty well received. We had 75 people come for the social itself and then a total of 143 for the film.
By restoring the theater complex to its past reputation as a premier performance venue, Maki has broadened its scope beyond the theatre. The use of the ballroom, now called the Red Jacket Ballroom, has been more integrated into the events than it has been in the past.
For example, after years of not hosting a dance in the ballroom, Maki said he was excited about the November 12 fall ball. Unfortunately, a weather system similar to the one that hampered the end-of-movie event also negatively impacted the ball.
“In fact, I had people calling me” Maki said, “saying ‘I’m sorry, we can’t do it, it’s just too mean and slippery.’
Maki said that while the attendance didn’t meet expectations, that doesn’t deter him from hosting another one in the future.
“Of course we know” he said, “That’s why we don’t schedule big shows in the winter, because that’s exactly what happens.”
Theater board chairman Dan Jamison said while the ball was not a financial success, it goes with the board’s philosophy that the main focus right now is to get people into the theater to see that his heart is still beating.
The end of the summer season does not mean that the 2022 season is over. Maki then discussed the events as the season now shifts to Christmas.
The École supérieure de danse is now in the theatre, preparing for its presentation of Alice au pays d’hiver, which will offer two shows, the first on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Maki said he intended to present a community Christmas play, A Charlie Brown Christmas, until Calumet High School requested a time slot to present its senior class play. Maki gave the play place to the high school. On December 3 and 4, the secondary school will present the play Christmas Chaos.
This will be followed on December 7 with the Calumet High School Band concert, Maki said.
On December 10, the theater will host a “free show” in conjunction with a raffle.
“We are going to make it a Christmas weekend in Calumet this entire Saturday”, he said. “We’re going to let the kids in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to make Christmas decorations and see Santa Claus.”
The next event on the list is the Texas Tenors concert on December 13, followed by the last event of 2022, another Late Show, featuring The Man Who Invented Christmas.
“Like the Shining, which didn’t have a dinner party, but a social event,” Maki said, “The man who invented Christmas won’t have a dinner party but a social.”
There have been tough times along the way over the year, he said, but valuable lessons have been learned. The planning and execution of the 2023 season will be much smoother and more efficient.
Maki, who started as executive director in May, reversed the season, Jamison said, and all members were new to the board, but despite continuing financial shortages due to the dues suspension during the COVID lockdown. , Maki and Jamison both said that there are no worries or worries about the year ahead.