Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing Project is closing after its June 10-11 weekend of concerts.
The project, which was designed to bring back the flavor of the revivals and sacred music events that might have occurred at the Chautauqua Auditorium in the first half of the 20th century, opened in March and ran for six performances. While having been greeted with positive critical and audience reviews, the project did not attract large enough audiences to continue.
“When we opened, I knew we had to have a certain number of people at each performance to pay the bills, but we didn’t even come close,” said R.G. Huff, the project creative director. “Our business plan and loan were based on a set of figures that we didn’t match. Our expenditures were right on target, but our income was woefully short of our projections. The dinner-on-the-grounds component was a major bust financially.
“The people who came loved the show, thought they were well-prepared/performed and found that it carried them back to memories of earlier experiences; some were introduced to a musical style to which they were not at all accustomed. All in all, I think people liked what we presented each time.”
Two final performances of Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing in its current form will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11; there will be no matinees in June.
Ellis County residents will continue to receive the $5 discount offered at the earlier concerts.
“We really hope that the local people won’t miss the opportunity to experience this event, even though it did not work out as planned,” Huff said. “I don’t think we had an ‘if-we-build-it-they-will-come attitude’; we simply thought that a few more of them would come!” he laughingly added.
Tickets for June 10 and 11 may be purchased at the door 30 minutes before each concert or at 972-923-2709.