Cabrillo Music Theatre — a family-friendly musical theater company based in the upscale suburb of Thousand Oaks, California, for more than two decades — announced in March 2016 its plan to close, the news elicited sorrow but little surprise.

Cabrillo had nearly shut down two years earlier, but managed to rally after a fundraising push backed by the local community. Those contributions hadn’t been enough to put the theater permanently in the clear, however, and it had continued to suffer from low donations and audience turnout in the wake of the recession. It

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