Artist Appeal

Summer House Entertainment Inc. 

Katie Troccoli, President 

1911 Champlain St 

Ottawa, IL 61350 

815-228-2058 Cell 

I own two historic theater, (Long Story how I got here) The Majestic Theater in Streator IL, and the Will Rogers Theater in Charleston IL.  Both are in dire need of restoration.   

The Majestic hosted performances by several well-known stars, such as Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Ed Wynn, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker and Eva Tanguay.  The Will Rogers is on the National Historic Register. 

My business plan calls for working with the non-profit organization Here and Again Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting the arts and entertainment industry to educate and create employment in the entertainment field.  

My Corporation, Summer House Entertainment Inc will operate the theater as a for profit.  We will attract clients from a 50+ mile radius of each venue hosting live National Acts opened by local artists who perform in a Here and Again Inc program called Song + Story.   We will also be able to host film festivals and local events as well as first run movies. 

The National acts  and events that play the theaters are an economic boom to the communities.  Patrons who attend events will often spend the night (or two) at local hotels, buy gas, and eat in restaurants.   

Raising the quality of life with a vibrant theater attracts employers who want their employees to be happy in the communities in which they live.  This is classic economic development.  A theatre is an anchor for downtown development. 

Mixing Song + Story participants with National Entertainers gives local up and coming talent the opportunity to network with entertainers who have been successful, giving them more opportunity for success in the entertainment industry. 

I am currently developing a product line related to the theatres. Proceeds from the sale of our art product line go to support historic restoration efforts. 

Please visit www.MajesticShows.com or www.WillRogersCharleston.com 

The Majestic is in an Opportunity Zone 17099964300, TIF and Enterprise Zone (the City of Streator has no TIF funds available for the Majestic) and the Will Rogers is also in an Opportunity zone track 17029000500, TIF and Enterprise Zone. 

Please reach out to me if you would like to support my endeavor to restore these historic venues. 

Warm Wishes, 

  

Katie Troccoli 

815-228-2058 

katiet1@sbcglobal.net 

P.S. The local Small Business Development Center Executive has suggested that I solicit letters of support from talent who would perform on the Majestic / Will Rogers Stage or Host Digital Media / Film events to support my business plan.   

I am asking if you would write a letter of support for the restoration of the Majestic and Will Rogers Theatre - venue.  If you would pledge to a paid performance on our stage or in our venue at a mutually agreed upon date in the future. 

Both of these projects are very important to the communities and extremely expensive. If you can do more to help it would be greatly appreciated.

1 comment

  • Giuliana Dongu
    Giuliana Dongu Charleston, IL
    Possibly, if you were interested enough in our town to actually, physically attend one of the many meetings held regarding the Will. Completely ignoring all of our attempts to help you, including the committee to save the Will Rogers theatre which raised over $30,000 to help has led us to believe you have no real intention on restoring the theatre. The damage from your neglect of the theatre has been catastrophic and it seems there is very little left to restore. Please, either do what you have been promising for nearly a decade or allow those who truly care about the Will Rogers and the city of Charleston to save our historic landmark.

    Possibly, if you were interested enough in our town to actually, physically attend one of the many meetings held regarding the Will. Completely ignoring all of our attempts to help you, including the committee to save the Will Rogers theatre which raised over $30,000 to help has led us to believe you have no real intention on restoring the theatre. The damage from your neglect of the theatre has been catastrophic and it seems there is very little left to restore. Please, either do what you have been promising for nearly a decade or allow those who truly care about the Will Rogers and the city of Charleston to save our historic landmark.

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