by Diane Tuazon
ODESSA - For over six decades, the Permian Playhouse has brought entertainment and culture to West Texas.
"We really give people something to do. It's a small town and there's not much to do here, but people can come here," Permian Playhouse member, Amanda Lopez, said.
"It's a virtual staple in our community. You can either pay $10 to go see a movie or to see a live show," Permian Playhouse Actor, Courtney Williams, said.
The Permian Playhouse has dealt with financial problems, like not having enough sponsors and members to help pay for operation expenses.
"Financially we have struggles as every company in this economy does, but I think we're doing great overall, and we'll continue to keep improving," Lopez said.
The Permian Playhouse decided to put on a weekend fundraiser show called "A New Year's Toast to Broadway."
"Hopefully it will help bring in more people into the theater," Lopez said.
Lopez says despite the financial set backs, she's confident the year 2010 will be better for the Permian Playhouse.
"I'm not hopeful, I know it's going to be a better year this year, because it's 2010. We're here to entertain the community, we're here to enrich the lives of the Permian Basin," Lopez said.