Though the future of the company remains uncertain, artistic director Ed Breese said he’s remaining optimistic as Blue Moon enters a new chapter going into the new year.
The final production of the theater’s Christmas production, “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)” will take place across the street at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available at bluemoontheatrecompany.com.
The move comes a few weeks after the new building owners, John Mueller and Ken Jacobson, closed on the purchase of the building. Breese said the decision to leave stems from a feeling that the future of the company is beyond the walls of the building that has housed its productions for the past 10 years.
“At the start, the new owners had some ideas, and we’re going separate ways because they have different ideas for the direction of the building, Breese said. “We don’t see ourselves in that same future.”
The Blue Moon Dinner Theatre building belonged to Breese’s family until a serious illness forced him to close its doors in 2014, and his brother took over the lease. His brother sold the building to its new owners earlier this year, and closed the deal on the building this month.
While Breese said he is sad to leave a place with so many memories and personal attachment, he noted that this move is different from the last time the theater had to close its doors.
“Last time we shut down, I was terribly sick, I thought I was dying,” he said. “We lost all our money, we lost everything. It was just a bleak time in our lives.
“This time when we’re leaving the building, it’s very positive. We have so many positive opportunities.”
Mueller said he was shocked to hear about the company’s abrupt move, but said he wishes Breese and the company well for the future. Due to the company’s sudden change of plans, he said the grand opening for the building’s Drag Queen Bingo Night that was originally scheduled for Jan. 9 has been pushed to Jan. 23.
Other than that, he said all of his plans to renovate the building and bring more events to downtown Johnson City’s nightlife scene will continue. Events will be posted to Mueller’s business website and social media pages, Tree Streets Entertainment.
The website will be live at a later date, he noted.
“It’s going to be a really exciting February,” Mueller said. “We’re going to have something every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.”
As for the company, Breese said the theater won’t have a regular space for a while. That doesn’t spell the end for Blue Moon Theatre Company, though, as Breese said he’s looking to having the company out and about for the near future, maybe in different places in the Tri-Cities.
He said he was grateful for the support he’s received, and is optimistic as the company moves forward.
“The downtown community have been crazy supportive, and very much, ‘We want you here,’” he said. “We are downtown people — we’re not going anywhere. We might just be here or there.”
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