For six months, the Valley Repertory Theater (VRT) collected information in order to apply for a Meyer Memorial Trust. Several months later, VRT officials received word that they could apply and, after a long process, were eventually awarded a $2,448 grant.

The Meyer Memorial Trust is one of the largest private foundations in the state, according to a press release. At the organization’s October program meeting, the trust’s board of trustees approved 33 grants worth more than $1.4 million to nonprofits in the Willamette Valley.

“It’s a great honor,” said VRT executive director Caleb Thurston. “It’s a validation from an outsider that what we are doing is worth investing in.”

With VRT now renting all of its sound equipment, via the grant the theater is looking forward to when a sound equipment for shows becomes permanent.

Thurston said he is hopeful the sound equipment will be installed and ready to go for its holiday show, “The Lion in Winter,” opening Dec. 6.

For more information on upcoming productions, visit the VRT website at www.

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