Local theatre group helps create Arts Center

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Sunset Players, the resident drama group at Dunham Arts Center for more than 30 years, is leading the development of an exciting new venture, The Arts Center at Dunham.

The Arts Center will be housed in the current Dunham Arts Center, the remaining building of a hospital complex dating back to 1879. The building, a splendid example of the Art Deco architecture, features an auditorium, terrazzo floors, a bronze entryway, and art deco fixtures.

The Hannaford and Sons-designed building was built as the Arts and Recreation Center for the former Dunham Hospital for tuberculosis patients. The Hannaford firm also designed many historical buildings in Cincinnati, including Music Hall and City Hall.

The developers plan to create a center not only for performing arts, but also fine arts. The upper level of the building will contain a performance venue, and the lower level art studio space. The auditorium will be used not only for performances (Sunset Players plays, concerts, etc.), but also art shows and the like.

Sunset Players has signed a one-year preferred developer lease with the city so that the costs of renovating the building can be assessed and funding secured before signing a long term lease.

The group is excited to be working with the community to bring an Arts Center to Price Hill. Working with Sunset Players are members of the Price Hill Will Arts Cat, the Price Hill Civic Club, and the Price Hill Historical Society as well as the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

While the building is being renovated, Sunset Players will be performing "The Complete History of America, Abridged" by Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor, at Midway Elementary School. Show dates are November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19. All show times are at 8 pm. For ticket information or information on donating your time or money to the Arts Center at Dunham, call 513-588-4988 or visit www.sunsetplayers.org.

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