MACF Grants Funds to Mouse River Players Community Theater

Posted: Mar 19 2024

The Minot Area Community Foundation (MACF) has granted $20,000 to Mouse River Players. Funding was made possible through Mike & Dorothy Dolan Endowment Fund.
The Mouse River Players Community Theater (MRP) is an all-volunteer theater operating in downtown Minot. Currently in its 52nd continuous year of production, MRP is the only continuously operating community theater in Northwestern North Dakota. The organization purchased the building in 2008 and is currently undergoing renovations in a phased approach. These renovations will enhance the public space within the theater making it more accessible and safer as a gathering space where people congregate before, during, and after each show.
“I would like to start off by saying how thankful we are for being selected to receive this grant. As a volunteer non-profit organization our mission is to bring quality live theatre to Minot and the surrounding community. We could not fulfill that goal without the support of our patrons and the generosity of organizations such as the Minot Area Community Foundation,” said Edward Montez, Mouse River Players Board President. “We plan to use this opportunity to continue improving our space to be enjoyed by all who visit the Arlene Saugstad Theater. We look forward to many more years of entertaining the people of Minot.”
Phase 1 renovations were completed in 2022 and consisted of upgrading the western façade, replacing dated and damaged materials. Phase 2 includes moving restrooms to create better accessibility, and removing walls to open up the lobby space, making it safer and more welcoming.
“We are happy to provide this grant to the Mouse River Players Community Theater for their ongoing renovation.  As they continue to upgrade their facility, greater safety and accessibility in their public spaces is critical to a good experience for their patrons” said Jason Zimmerman, President of Minot Area Community Foundation.
Mouse River Players produce five shows annually, and host various annual workshops for children and youth as well as for people interested in directing. The performances reach about 4500 patrons annually in addition to 150 volunteers that produce the shows.
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