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Crump Theatre's champion stepping aside


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COLUMBUS, Ind. — When Rovene Quigley decided to revive the Crump Theatre in 2002, the century-old downtown Columbus structure had long stepped out of the community spotlight.

During four years that the building was closed, raccoons sneaked in and out a back door like nonpaying customers. Pigeons roosted here and there like patrons at a Saturday double feature.

But the woman who saw hope to bring back a bit of the building's old glory — and the woman who made possible a televised John Mellencamp pop-rock concert there five years ago — is quitting. Columbus' Quigley, 85, will step down from her volunteer role as Crump executive director on Jan. 1, at the close of a seven-hour, multi-act, New Year's Eve concert.

Please read Friday's edition of The Republic for more details.

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