After a dozen years of staging musicals at the Cohoes Music Hall, C-R Productions is closing the curtain on its main-stage shows to focus on its performing arts school and youth performances. Marking the end of one era and the beginning of another are two concerts to say goodbye on Saturday and Sunday (April 25 & 26).
The company has fallen on hard times in recent years and has found it impossible to financially maintain main stage shows at the venue in Cohoes. The gala benefit shows will also serve as the springboard for continuing its C-R Kids programs.
The company produced many memorable shows during its dozen years of operation, at one point even taking its production of the The Producers to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. But during recent years the quality of its productions and size of its audiences sagged and subscribers dwindled to just some 300. Many of them were older and not as receptive to new work as musical theatre has evolved. That is not enough to sustain a company that hires professional talent and has always tried to keep up with the evolving art form. Their operation also suffered from inadequate PR, often opening shows without detailed press releases or photos in sufficient time to generate advance stories that might have helped sell more tickets. Physical problems with the theatre itself – a leftover from the Victorian era – also drained valuable resources.