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New Dawn Theater to host moving sale

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Staff Intern: John Spruill . The City of Duluth is looking to take over the space currently occupied by the New Dawn Theater Company, forcing them to relocate no earlier than January of next year.

IF YOU GO

• What: New Dawn moving sale

• When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday

• Where: New Dawn Theater, 3087 Main St., Duluth

• For more information: Visit newdawntheatercompany.com

DULUTH -- Instead of partying with its Elvis Presley impersonator this weekend like originally planned, New Dawn Theater is hosting a two-day moving sale from its Duluth location.

Today and Saturday, doors are open to the public who would like to purchase anything from school desks and a piano to lamps and rugs.

On March 11, Duluth entered into an agreement with consulting firm Morris & Fellows to provide professional services for redevelopment planning to revitalize the downtown dining and nightlife district in the Old City Hall Block, now called The Block, where the theater is located.

The city of Duluth has other plans for the venue's space -- and it can do that because the theater rents from the city on a month-to-month basis.

With eight months before its moving date, the board members are looking for a new place to rent. It needs to be 7,000- to 10,000-square-feet with a stage, two dressing rooms, two bathrooms, a concession area, costume and prop storage, a workshop and a stage -- preferably in Duluth.

"We're still looking, but nothing has really panned out yet," New Dawn's Sherry Ingbritsen said. "We still don't have a storage unit yet either, but we thought if we slim down what we have, it will make the move easier when the time comes."

New Dawn's lease on its storage unit is up on June 8. The moving sale is rain or shine. If it rains, Ingbritsen said the sale will move inside of the venue.

The nonprofit has several plays it's preparing to perform throughout 2013, including "Night at the Wax Museum" in June, "M*ASH" in August, "Under Milkwood" in October and "A Victorian Christmas" in December.

One way people can help is by donating to the theater for moving costs and refurbishing its new location by mailing a check to New Dawn Theater Company, 3087 Main St., Duluth, GA 30096, by visiting www.newdawntheatercompany.com or calling 678-887-5015.