by Chloe Nordquist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Stagebrush Theatre in Scottsdale is in need of renovations in order to keep its doors open, and the organization is turning to the public for help.

The local theater, built in 1965, is home to Greasepaint Youtheatre and Scottsdale Community Players.

City Councilwoman Linda Milhaven was able to help renew the theater’s lease for another 10 years, but the building needs repairs.

“We are looking to raise $80,000 in the next three months,” said Maureen Watson Dias of Greasepaint Theatre Company. “We have already raised $20,000, which is enough for the first phase of improvements to the building.”

Arizona Coyotes player Shane Doan and former Arizona Diamondbacks player Luis Gonzalez stepped in with donations. Their kids participate in the theater.

“This is a great place for young kids to come and learn and be a part of being on stage,” Gonzalez said. “We pushed a lot of people around to get this passed and we’re happy that it is.”

The mission of Scottsdale Community Players and Greasepaint Youtheatre is to serve Scottsdale and the Valley by producing community and children’s theater and providing theatrical training to all ages.

“A lot of us in the community feel that it’s important for these kids to have a place to go and want to practice their theatrical skills,” Gonzalez said.

The new season opens Friday night with the play “Into The Woods.”

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