Theater prepares to take show on the road if flooding damages bu - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Theater prepares to take show on the road if flooding damages building

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -

A staple for entertainment in Pocahontas is preparing to see a repeat of what happened in 2011.

The Imperial Dinner Theatre in Pocahontas is not in a flood zone, but those in charge are prepared for the worst.

Shane Cummings, marketing director, said in 2011 their building filled with water.

“Our building is in tiers, so the front of the building, the studio part, the entire studio was four foot under water,” Cummings said. “Then it went into the auditorium over our stage and up three tiers of our auditorium so it was like a swimming pool in there.”

Officials told them that it was an unlikely occurrence and shouldn’t happen again, but Cummings said it looks like it might.

“It hasn’t reached our building yet, but it’s getting, it’s creeping that way,” Cummings said.

With "Annie" ready to take the stage over the weekend, Cummings said they’ve opened their doors and will hope for the best.

“If the water comes, there is just no stopping it, and we didn't want to throw our hands up but we said we got everything off the floor that we could possibly get off the floor, up to a higher level and out of the building,” Cummings said.

The theater is still taking reservations for the weekend shows but not requiring payment upfront.

If it floods the building, as Cummings is expecting, the Imperial Dinner Theatre is ready to take the theater on the road.

Cummings said they will take the show to different communities.

“That will help us continue the show, continue to be able to pay the bills, and hopefully raise enough to start with the renovations,” Cummings said.

It took them nearly a year to repair the theater after the 2011 floods, and Cummings is confident they will repair again if they must.

“I have no doubt that people will pull together again in the community,” Cummings said.

Cummings commended city officials and first responders for how they've handled this situation along with those who’ve volunteered their services and time to help those in need.

For information on the show call 870-892-0030. 

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Sheriff's dept. searches for 3 people connected to shooting

    Sheriff's dept. searches for 3 people connected to shooting

    Monday, July 16 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-07-17 02:54:47 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 3:07 PM EDT2018-07-19 19:07:11 GMT
    Joseph Bramblett and Michelle Bramblett (Source: Independence County Sheriff's Dept./Facebook)Joseph Bramblett and Michelle Bramblett (Source: Independence County Sheriff's Dept./Facebook)

    A shooting Monday night sent one man to the hospital and Independence County sheriff's deputies on the hunt for three people.

    A shooting Monday night sent one man to the hospital and Independence County sheriff's deputies on the hunt for three people.

  • breaking

    2 officers shot, suspect in custody after standoff in Poplar Bluff, MO

    2 officers shot, suspect in custody after standoff in Poplar Bluff, MO

    Thursday, July 19 2018 12:35 PM EDT2018-07-19 16:35:18 GMT
    James Odell Johnson Jr. was arrested after police say he shot 2 officers (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)James Odell Johnson Jr. was arrested after police say he shot 2 officers (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)

    What started as a warrant arrest turned into a shooting where an officer was injured on Thursday, July 19 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

    What started as a warrant arrest turned into a shooting where an officer was injured on Thursday, July 19 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

  • 'Spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips' blamed for 2 fires at TX factory

    'Spontaneous combustion of tortilla chips' blamed for 2 fires at TX factory

    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:24 AM EDT2018-07-19 13:24:02 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-07-19 13:53:22 GMT
    A fire department blames tortilla chips for causing not one, but two fires at a Texas factory where they are made. (Source: Austin Fire Dept. via Facebook)A fire department blames tortilla chips for causing not one, but two fires at a Texas factory where they are made. (Source: Austin Fire Dept. via Facebook)

    A fire department blames tortilla chips for causing not one, but two fires at a Texas factory where they are made.

    A fire department blames tortilla chips for causing not one, but two fires at a Texas factory where they are made.

Powered by Frankly