The Show Must Go On

The stories of three local performing arts groups that were challenged and changed by the recession


The recession has been rough on the performing arts.  One national organization predicts ten percent of the country's non-profit arts groups will fail by the end of this year.  Some local groups like the Foothill Theatre Company have already shut down.  Others like Sacramento Opera are shortening their upcoming seasons.  Capital Public Radio's Paul Conley took a closer look at three local organizations who were particularly hard hit by the economic downturn.  How were they affected and what did they do to weather the storm?  Find out in our special 3-part series.

    Part of Series

  • Ron Cunningham
    Ron Cunningham
    How The Ballet Battled A Crisis With Creativity And Won
    For more than half a century the Sacramento Ballet has been a cultural cornerstone in California's Capital. But in 2009, the recession threatened the company's future. Desperate times called for creative solutions and the Ballet came up with plenty.
    Wednesday, August 19, 2009
  • Jane Kenworthy
    Jane Kenworthy
    How Budget Cuts, Price Cuts And The Community Saved A Symphony
    The 82-year old Stockton Symphony is one of our region's most established arts organizations. But as last season proved, longevity alone offers no protection against the impact of a recession.
    Thursday, August 20, 2009
  • Stephanie Gularte
    Stephanie Gularte
    Staging Survival
    In four short years, Capital Stage has become one of Sacramento’s premiere professional theatre companies. Its three founders worked hard to build up Capital Stage. This past year, they worked even harder to keep it from collapsing.
    Friday, August 21, 2009