Today, for the second time this summer, devastation hit Surflight Theater on Long Beach Island when Hurricane Isaias destroyed the theater's outdoor tent, collapsing entirely the venue, stage, props and the electrics light and sound equipment.
The theatre's revamped season was well underway with the musical "Cabaret" just finishing its run and "Mamma Mia" about to open. They expect to open the show on Thursday, August 7, two days after the storm.
Here's NBC10's story on the theater.
The theater established a Go Fund Me campaign, hoping to raise $71,000 to continue operating.
The outdoor venue harks back to the theater's origins in a tent 71 years ago as a summer stock theater in vacation destination Beach Haven, half way between NYC and Philadelphia. Groups buy together and sit six-feet from the next group. Depending on group purchases, the tent can hold from 170 to 220 theatergoers.