Less than four months after it opened inside Loveland's Suede Events Center, Wildflower Cabaret was forced to pack up its programming after a falling-out with the owner of the space. Wildflower founders John Seaberry and Sky Cash walked away with heavy hearts and a serious financial loss.
But the couple didn't give up on their dream. And they recently launched an aggressive Kickstarter campaign to fund a new home for Wildflower, eyeing a space on Loveland's popular Fourth Street. "We're trying to put in a theater that's smaller, more intimate -- somewhere where we can put original work up," says Seaberry. "We have a lot of great playwrights in Loveland and we'd really like a place where we can create."
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When Wildflower first opened last winter, it was home to a mix of original theater productions, stand-up comedy, music-minded works and more. If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, they plan to reopen the cabaret this August with many of the same players and performances.
"What we want to do this summer is build out a little space downtown and have a place that will hopefully be open for decades," say Seaberry. "A place where we can produce original theater and comedy, drag-queen bingo and other unique, off-the-wall stuff. We want to be able to add to the entertainment options in all of Northern Colorado, really -- but mostly in Loveland."
At $6,000 into the theater company's $40,000 goal, they know there's a tough road ahead, but Seaberry says the support is definitely there. "We hear often from the rest of the community that Loveland needs this, and I agree -- when you go downtown, all there really is to do is eat and drink," he says. "There really is no entertainment option."
Ideally, Seaberry sees Wildflower Cabaret -- which would strategically plan its showtimes for 8 p.m. on the weekends -- as a mid-evening destination for a nice night out. "What we're trying to do is sort of have synergy with the rest of Fourth Street -- what we'd like to see on a typical night is for a guest to go to downtown Loveland, try one of the many great restaurants and have a nice dinner, come to Wildflower for a show and then be back on the town."
In the meantime, Wildflower Cabaret will be hosting several events throughout the month of May at various spaces in Loveland, in an effort to raise awareness for the crowd-funding campaign. For more information on where to catch Wildflower's latest productions, visit the theater's website. To donate to the campaign directly, go to Wildflower Cabaret's Kickstarter page.
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