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School of the arts earns $3,000 through summer theatre series

coganThe school of the arts received a pleasant surprise following this summer’s second annual Doloris C. Cogan IU South Bend Summer Theatre Series.

 “One day we got a big envelope from the Lerner in the mail and we thought it was the bill,” said Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Marvin Curtis.

He opened the envelope and discovered a check from the theater for $3,000.

“I screamed when I read it,” Curtis said with a laugh.

The profits were earned through ticket sales, thanks to notable community interest and support for the series. This year’s most popular production was Swan Lake, with nearly $1,400 earned through ticket sales. Other shows included SMASH, Pippin, and The Wizard of Oz.

The series was initiated in 2012 through a generous $200,000 donation from Elkhart native Doloris C. Cogan. The donation allows the school of the arts to bring three to five fully staged productions to the Lerner Theatre every summer.

The money earned this year will go into a special account to help advertise future summer series.

“It’s so great that the program has gained enough momentum to help support itself, in addition to the generous gift from Doloris Cogan,” said Dean Marvin Curtis. “Everyone who attended a show in Elkhart this summer helped us reach this new height, and that’s pretty exciting.