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Ebenezer Scrooge, an unlikely fund raiser

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dave Zelle heads up the Cherokee Community Theater's fund raising drive for the upcoming season.

Dave Zelle as Ebenezer Scrooge
Cherokee Community Theater is in full swing with its annual season ticket drive. Every July, CCT sends out over 700 letters to the people on its mailing list to encourage them to become members and purchase season tickets for the new season which begins in the fall. Dave Zelle, CCT board Treasurer, has spearheaded this effort for the last seven years.

Zelle, a retired math teacher from Cherokee Washington High School, was recently cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in CCT's upcoming presentation of "A Christmas Carol."

"I suppose Scrooge isn't the character that springs to mind when you think of fund-raising efforts," laughed Zelle, "but I'm excited to tell people about our upcoming season. We have an impressive line-up of shows and have added a new Pulitzer series this year, which means more shows to choose from for our season ticket holders."

The season ticket drive officially runs through the end of August, but season tickets will be available for purchase until the end of the run of "A Christmas Carol" on Dec. 9.

"We really depend on our loyal season ticket holders for the majority of CCT's financial support throughout the year. Not only do they fund our productions through the season but they afford us the ability to make improvements and upgrade our technology when needed. The board feels very fortunate to have such a strong fine arts community in Cherokee," added Zelle.

Season tickets can be purchased by contacting Dave Zelle at 712-225-4757 or making an inquiry through the CCT website, cherokeect.org. They can also be purchased at the door during the run of the first show of each season.

"I encourage anyone interested in theater or the fine arts to become members by purchasing a season ticket," says Zelle. "If you enjoy the shows, you'll end up saving a few dollars and have preference when making reservations. Join us! Don't be a humbug!"

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