Theater group goes bust
Virginia City has weathered several boom and bust years in its long history. It has seen many people’s dreams come to life and even more dashed. Although the town seemed to be experiencing a boom in theater these past few years, one company is going bust.

After three years performing Western-style plays in Virginia City, Shootin’ Starz Stage Co. has decided to cancel its season following the run of its current production, A Mine Shaft is a Deep Subject, or A Hole in the Ground. It will officially go out of business July 23.

“This was an obvious decision from a financial standpoint, but very difficult emotionally,” wrote Gena Roberts, president of the company, in a letter dated July 10. “We thank you all for your support and encouragement over the last three years and hope that we were able to make you laugh and forget the stresses of life, if for only a little while.”

Roberts wrote that the company will give ticket holders the option of a partial refund, or they can use the remaining tickets to bring extra guests to the final shows.

A Mine Shaft is a Deep Subject, or A Hole in the Ground will be performed at 7 p.m. July 20-22 at the Virginia City outdoor amphitheater, located where the railroad tracks meet "F" Street. Adult admission is $10. Children are measured at the gate and charged 10 cents per inch of their height. For more information, call 847-7469.