MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "Having Bruce Hornsby here in Montgomery in our 250-seat theater is just a tremendous honor and a gift from him," says Emily Flowers, Development Director with the Cloverdale Playhouse.
Flowers hopes Tuesday's concert by the recording artist is only a taste of what's to come.
"We hope to have just top notch performers from day one," adds Flowers.
She is one of many working to open a community playhouse in Old Cloverdale.
Hornsby's is the first show to hit the stage, showcasing the venue and raising a sizable amount of cash.
"Bruce Hornsby offered to come do a benefit for us to raise awareness and we happily accepted," adds Flowers.
WSFA 12 News Anchor Mark Bullock served as emcee for the event.
"Always great to play down here," Hornsby said during one of his sets.
Organizers started fundraising last year to renovate what used to be the Old Cloverdale Christian Church. They set a goal of $800,000 and soon realized $1 million was attainable--especially with support from long-time community theater veterans like Elizabeth Crump, who will forever leave her mark on the new playhouse.
The playhouse board of directors voted unanimously to honor Crump by naming the playhouse the Elizabeth Crump Theater Cloverdale Playhouse.
"You know, I'm just thrilled to see community theater happening again in Montgomery," says Crump.
Crump says it's been a while since Montgomery had a playhouse.
But, with a packed house and a big name taking the stage, organizers say it's quickly being revived one note and dollar at a time.
Flowers says they're getting close to scheduling programs. Their main focus is a children's theater.
They hope to have the entire $1 million dollars raised by the end of the year.
More information: www.cloverdaleplayhouse.org