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Viewfinder: A New Home for New London Theatre

New London Theatre is busily renovating and preparing for productions in its new home. In this week's Viewfinder, John Berlo, director of marketing, takes Patch on a tour of the huge, new space.

"It was fate," said, marketing director John Berlo, of the new space the theatre occupies.

is settling comfortably into its space inside Margins Charity Thrift and Variety Mall in Snellville.

Having been previously located in a small, nondescript space with no air conditioning, New London Theatre was getting ready to close its doors when, according to Berlo, fate stepped in.

Fate was assisted by Mark Galloway-Stillions, who performed in New London Theatre's production of "Driving Miss Daisy." He purchased the old furniture store and turned it into what is now Margins Charity Thrift and Variety Mall.

Like the theater, the thrift mall is a 501(c)3 and is committed to giving back to the community.

When Galloway-Stillions and his life partner, Larry Stillions, entered the new property and took a look around, they noticed a side door off the main showroom. Right at the doorway there was a big arrow on the carpet that pointed inside. According to Berlo, Larry Stillions looked at the arrow, walked into what is now the lobby and said, "Theater!" 

According to Berlo, Mark Galloway-Stillions offered New London the space, and they've been busy making it their home ever since.

New London Theatre already has one production in the new space under its belt, and the artists and volunteers at the theater are gearing up for more.

"Almost, Maine," a director showcase, will run May 11-27. For more information about New London Theatre and its productions, visit their website.

*Photos of the first production in the theater's new home are available here.

Joyce Krull April 26, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Enjoyed Nunsense 2 at the new location, it was wonderful!! Very nice new space, and looking forward to seeing all the future shows. Thanks, Joyce Krull
angela sebree April 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I love the combination... Do a little shopping, see a great show! Enjoyed Nunsense 2 which was very funny and I have to admit it's been quite a while since we've supported the local arts. My husband and I plan on keeping up with all the upcoming shows and trying to attend as many as possible at this new location. It looks great. Of course before and after the show we found some great items in the Thrift area and the Variety Booths. 5 Stars all the way!
Cathy Henry April 27, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I love community theatres. Lot's of great talent is found in places like these. thanks!

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