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MTC Boasts Large Surplus, Proves to Be Recession-Proof

June 30, 2010 7:30 AM | Entertainment

The Manitoba Theatre Centre is celebrating a successful 2009-10 season, after hitting a surplus of $133,901.00 at the box office.

MTC released the figures Tuesday night at its 52nd Annual General Meeting, citing a great playbill, some star power and fantastic audiences helped the not-for-profit organization to achieve another operating surplus.

Lord Peter Wimsey tracked a murderer in “Strong Poison,” while George Bailey warmed hearts at Christmas with a unique take on an old classic in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” “The Drowsy Chaperone” had everyone toe-tapping and laughing until they cried, and the John Hirsch Theatre season ended with star power, with award-winning actors Cindy Williams and Susan Clark in “Steel Magnolias.”

The John Hirsch Theatre at the MTC Mainstage hosted 16,388 subscribers, an increase of 513 from last year, while the Tom Hendry Theatre at the MTC Warehouse played to 2,418 subscribers, an increase of 61 subscribers from last year.

In total, MTC’s stages saw 18,806 subscribers this year, with a total attendance of 127,699, up from 2,656 patrons in 2008-09.