Going the Distance
[February, 2010] Going the Distance is a story of heroics and unstoppable spirit, an entertaining and educational portrayal of African American heroes Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph. This January production was the second in the series performed by the Smithsonian Discovery Theater and arranged and sponsored by the Conservancy at two DCPS schools (Takoma Educational Center and Shepherd ES). Through song, dance and narrative, the two great athletes race to tell their stories of rising from childhood illness and infirmity, poverty, and prejudice to the greatest height in athletics: the Olympic Gold Medal!
Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention
[January, 2010] “Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention” looks at the lives and work of amazing African American entrepreneurs and inventors who overcame immense odds to succeed. This production was the third in the series performed by the Smithsonian Discovery Theater and arranged and sponsored by the Conservancy at two DCPS schools (Takoma Educational Center and Shepherd ES). The characters include beauty innovator Madam C.J. Walker, agricultural chemist and painter George Washington Carver, and academic giant Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute.
The architecture firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL) has joined the Conservancy advisory and study team.
The Conservancy has enlisted WRL, a nationally recognized firm in the design of performing and cultural arts facilities, to develop conceptual options for revitalization of the Takoma Theatre facility. These studies, which include benchmarking alternatives from area theaters, are being conducted during spring, 2010.
[October, 2009] This entertaining and educational Smithsonian Discovery Theater program engaged students at DC’s Takoma Education Center and Shepherd ES. Through drama, comedy, dance, music, and student participation, actors relate the experiences and histories of living in today’s multicultural society.
Conservancy Receives certified Clean Audit for FY 2008
Farmer & First, CPAs of Warren, RI, conducted an audit of the financial position of the Takoma Theatre Conservancy. They found that “…the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Takoma Theatre Conservancy as of December 31, 2009. The change in its net assets and cash flows for the year then ended conform with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
Forrester Construction joins the team of professionals advising Conservancy Board
Forrester Construction Company, one of the area’s major commercial general contractors, has agreed to assist the Board and its architectural consultants identify and estimate options for renovations of the theatre. Their most recent project includes completion of the renovation of Ford’s Theatre — a project that won multiple awards. Teaming with Martinez & Johnson, the company also completed the local historic renovation of the Takoma Park Library — the first branch library(1911) in DC’s system. Forrester is noted for its commitment to energy efficient solutions and sustainable building practices.