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‘Special event venue’ nears debut in Dixon

Venue will have plays and live music, among other performances

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
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This building at 306 W. First St. in Dixon's downtown soon will be home to a new entertainment venue, Dixon Stage Left. Artistic Director Tim Boles said the "small, special event venue" will be more like a cabaret.

DIXON – Dixon will have a new entertainment venue by the end of the month.

Dixon Stage Left, which will be on the second floor of a building at 306 W. First St., will have its grand opening April 24, with a performance of the comedy “Vanities.”

Artistic Director Tim Boles described the theater as a “small, special event venue” more like a cabaret than a theater or a nightclub.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” he said. “I just had never stumbled across the space that was needed for this to work.”

Dixon Main Street Executive Director Josh Albrecht said the venue will fill an underserved market in the city.

“It’s going to be a great addition – live theater like that,” he said. “... It’s going to be a great addition to the downtown, so that’s really cool.”

Work on the venue began in March, and on Tuesday, Boles said, some of the final elements of the stage were coming together.

The venue will seat about 50 people at small tables, Boles said, adding that Crystal Cork will do some special event service for performances, including opening night.

The venue will have at least one performance a month, Boles said, which could include comedies, live music or plays. The plays, he said, will likely run for several weeks.

After the opening weekend, the next performance will be “Barefoot in the Park” in June, although no dates have been set, Boles said.

Local actresses Monique Elmendorf, Carolyn Guido and Anna Kurtz will be in the three performances of “Vanities,” which will run April 24, 25 and 26.

The comedy takes place between 1963 to 1973 and follows three friends from high school to their college sorority and then to a reunion.

Tickets cost $20.

In December, Boles was charged with a misdemeanor for failing to report the sex abuse allegations that occurred in 2012 at VIVA! Performing Arts in Dixon. Boles has a pretrial hearing scheduled for Thursday in Lee County court.

For more information

For more information about Dixon Stage Left, go to, go to or call 985-290-8070.

The opening show will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, with additional shows at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, and Saturday April 26.

According to the theater's website, tickets for the shows cost $20 and are available at Trien's Jewelry, The Next Picture Show and The Crystal Cork.

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