Cumberland Co. Playhouse pleads for community support after sprinkler mishap

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Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water poured in to a local theater, leaving them in need of financial help.

The Cumberland County Playhouse was soaking in water earlier this week after its sprinkler system was triggered.

This is a nonprofit theater, so they’re looking for help to pay off cleaning bills and replace any of the items lost – be it the flooring or lighting.

“What was happening earlier on Tuesday was the entire area that we are in now was completely flooded,” the Cumberland County Playhouse’s CEO Bryce McDonald explained. “The water was so hard and fast coming through that you couldn’t see though it.”

It all happened Tuesday morning, around 10:45 a.m. McDonald saying staff heard a noise that shook the building. 

What came next, he said, was a flow of chaos.

“We heard some screaming, which is never a good sign, and we ran out from the board room and there was thousands of gallons of water being dumped on our lobby… We had had a routine sevice check of our alarm system and the gentleman by accident, pure accident – set off all of our deluge systems in the building.”

Now he’s assessing the damage and calling on the community for a helping hand.

“If you’ve not bought tickets, come and see a show, because we’re so reliant on that ticket money. If you haven’t given this year as a donor or a sponsor, this is a great time to give,” said McDonald. “We need some financial support just to help us maintain to keep giving you the great theater that we’ve been giving.”

If you want to support the theater, you can buy tickets online here or call the box office.

You can also donate online or drop off a donation in person.

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