“We’re trying to figure out what’s interesting to millennials,” he said.
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Daniel also said the new board will need to look at the renovation of the Commercial Building that’s attached to the Sorg Opera House. He said the first floor could be renovated for retail space and the upper floors could be used for office and residential space. In addition, the building has a 3,600 square-foot ballroom with 20-foot ceilings on the fourth floor that could be renovated as an entertainment venue.
“We definitely want to fully economic develop the property we own,” Daniel said.
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The SORG board was reorganized after the departure last month of former president Chuck Miller, who resigned his seat last month to become executive director of the Fox Theater in Hutchinson, Kan.; and his wife Denise Brodsky who served as the organization’s secretary; and the resignation of former treasurer Ken Bowman. Miller, Brodsky and Bowman were also the three co-founders of the Sorg Opera Revitalization Group.
Daniel was appointed by the board to serve as president. The board also appointed Chris Riva as vice president; Denise Hamet as secretary; and Nancy Griffith as its treasurer.
Other SORG board members include Bob Melloh, Jeff Johnson, Dan Schaub, Dawn Wamsley, and Linda Moorman.
Riva said the board is currently working to replace other vacant spots.
Miller, Brodsky and Bowman all played critical roles in the development and the success of the opera house during his seven years of service to the SORG organization including renovating and reopening Middletown’s historic theater.