YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Adults living with disabilities in Youngstown now have more space to be creative and express themselves. Over 40 adults are a part of Purple Cat Productions, an organization that just moved its offices downtown.
Purple Cat Productions moved from the Youngstown Playhouse into its new space on Boardman Street three weeks ago.
It says the move was important because the adults involved need their own space. At the new location, there’s plenty of it, with five rooms and a theater for the big productions.
The Playhouse gave them more space, but the company continued to grow over the years. It started at Southwoods in Boardman, and outgrew that location as well.
The move to the Youngstown Playhouse helped out for eight months, but as shows started picking up, Purple Cat Productions decided it was time to branch off again.
“It just so happens that we knew the Oakland Theatre had left the Morely Building here, and we went right after it, knowing that we are downtown folks and we have a big presence downtown,” said director Jimmy Sutman.
The downtown location is more accessible for those involved. There are more offices and rooms inside for different activities.
Right now, the Purple Cat Music Class is preparing for its “First Night Youngstown” performance on New Year’s Eve.