Helmers said the high school auditorium is the preferable venue, but that school officials told him it would be too much of a disruption to have the stage set up for the play over two weekends during the school year.
Helmers said the tentative schedule is for five shows over the first and second weekend in October. He said he needs a decision from the city on reducing the fees by mid-August.
“We are proud of out organization’s Haverhill roots and expect to remain an active part of Haverhill’s creative economy,” Helmers said in a letter to the council. He noted the group has paid more than $30,000 to rent a building on Essex Street for auditions since 2007 and estimated its productions have generated about $75,000 in ticket, meal and other sales in the city.