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The theater group for disadvantaged youth loses its venue and finds another -- expanding its mandate

DAVID F. ASHTON - At their last Open House at the Sellwood Playhouse, Rogue Pack Board Member Emily Harris and Executive Director Ann Singer welcomed guests. The building that's been the home of numerous stage productions of "Scrooge", and has been the home of the "Rogue Pack" theater program for at-risk youth – the Sellwood Playhouse – is reported to be for sale, for development.

That's what Rogue Pack Executive Director Ann Singer told THE BEE during the organization's last Open House in the venerable building, on Sunday afternoon, March 8.

"The building is owned by the Calvary Open Bible Church; and they've been kind enough to let us use it – rent free – for seven years, as a theater space and as an office," Singer said. "But we're told it's now up for sale, for about $570,000. . . The building needs a lot of renovation, so it's likely to be purchased by a developer for new construction, perhaps condos."

Built as a church in 1913 at 901 S.E. Spokane Street, it sits on 5,000 square feet of land, and currently has an "Assessor's Improvement Value" of $359,440.

"Our plans are to move our classes to the Sellwood Community House, and to include classes for community members, as well as our Rogue Pack participants," Singer explained.

With COVID-19 coronavirus concerns now closing public venues, the immediate future of those classes remains uncertain. "Rogue Pack storytelling theatre workshops for at-risk populations were actually the first classes to be postponed in March, because we do outreach to the homeless shelters, and people who sleep outside, who are in even more danger of catching the virus.

"We'll start the Rogue Pack Collective classes at the Sellwood Community House, classes which are for the general population of youth, whenever it reopens," remarked Singer.

Stay in touch with Rogue Pack, a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, online – www.roguepack.org


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