Ricks theater changes management

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GREENFIELD — Dave Scott, the longtime manager at the Ricks Centre for the Arts in Greenfield, no longer works at the theater.

“My last day was Friday and that was that. My services were no longer required,” Scott said on Monday, referring further questions to the Hancock County Visitors Bureau, which oversees the theater.

Board president Sarah Kesterson told the Daily Reporter that Scott retired, effective Friday, June 17.

“I can share more details next Wednesday (June 29),” Kesterson said without further comment.

The Ricks Centre is now being managed solely by Tony Seiler, a local musician and music shop owner who was hired in January to increase bookings at the historic theater. Since then, bookings have risen dramatically.

“We’re booked all but three weekends through the end of the year, and two of those were due to cancellations,” said Seiler, adding a crew is currently working on clearing out debris that has accumulated at the theater over the past 20 years.

Seiler said Scott has been cooperative with the transition at the theater.

“He let me know that if I had really got into a bind and needed something he’d help me,” Seiler said.

Scott, a previous director of the Hancock County Visitors Bureau, said he’s proud of the work he’s done working with the theater since it was acquired by the county in 2003.

“I wish it success in whatever direction they choose to go from here,” he said.

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