Guthrie celebrates a balanced budget

GuthrieCarol.jpg The numbers are pretty impressive: 733 performances of 49 different shows. But perhaps the happiest news for the folks over at the Guthrie was ending the 2010-2011 fiscal year with a small surplus in the bank on a budget of $26 million.

While the Twin Cities two major orchestras are tightening belts after their recent announcements, the Guthrie reported an 11 percent increase in revenue, which is even more impressive after the tough year it had in 2009-2010.

The annual meeting this evening also celebrated artistic success, including the Master Butcher’s Singing Club, based on the Louise Erdrich novel, a nationally televised production of HMS Pinafore, presentations of “The Great Game: Afghanistan” by London’s Tricycle Theater, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” by Penumbra Theater, and the Guthrie’s own productions of “God of Carnage,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and of course, “A Christmas Carol.”

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