Sen. McLachlan: State $$ to Upgrade Sherman Playhouse

August 5, 2013

Sherman is being awarded a $69,000 grant under the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) to fund repairs and upgrades to the Sherman Playhouse. The playhouse has hosted productions for over 100 years and is an entertainment attraction for the community, tourists and future generations to enjoy.

“For more than 100 years, the Sherman Playhouse has served our community and entertained countless visitors from around the region,” State Senator Michael McLachlan said. “Thanks to this funding, the playhouse will now undergo necessary repairs and upgrades that will allow this cultural landmark to continue entertaining for many generations to come.”

“The Sherman Playhouse is an historic town landmark that has driven local tourism and entertained area residents for years, serving as one of the premier performing arts venues in our region,” Rep. Richard A. Smith (R-Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sherman) said. “I’m pleased the state is directing this competitive grant funding to our community in an effort to maintain this beloved town structure.”

Sherman First Selectman Clay Cope said, “I am very grateful to the Governor for this grant and to State Senator McLachlan for championing our cause in Hartford. With these funds, the historic Sherman Playhouse will have much needed updated facilities for both patrons and staff.”

“STEAP grants give us the opportunity to invest in quality of life improvements in small towns across our state. Projects like road and bridge enhancements and improvements to public spaces and historic places make our small towns better places to live and work,” Governor Dannel P. Malloy said. “These STEAP grants will assist small towns in completing important capital projects that otherwise may never get financed.”

“These grants are an important and effective way for the state to help our small towns improve so many aspects of their communities,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said. “As towns face enormous pressure to limit spending in their municipal budgets, these funds are critical to upgrade both infrastructure and quality of life for their residents.”