Zimmerman out as Victoria Theatre's general manager

Julie Zimmerman felt shocked and betrayed when she was informed 4 p.m. Dec. 22 that it would be her last day at Theatre Victoria.

"Your mind goes blank, and you feel numb," she said. "It's sad for me because I loved what I did."

The 57-year-old former general manager said the timing in the middle of the holidays only aggravated the mood.

"I've never been treated like this - when you're told to go on Christmas," said the Sandusky, Ohio native.

Prior to being let go, Zimmerman said she worked 15 days straight for the holiday productions. But she said she loves theater, so "you're tired, but you just hang in there."

During her three years at Theatre Victoria, she said she was responsible for creating news releases, orchestrating TV promotions and working in the box office.

Executive Director Staci Robbins told Zimmerman her position was eliminated.

Robbins said Theatre Victoria is going through a re-structuring phase, and the current staff will be re-assigned Zimmerman's duties.

"We wish her the best and want to thank her for everything she's done for the theater," Robbins said.

Before coming to Victoria, Zimmerman lived in Orlando, Fla., and worked as the creative director for Universal Studios, as well as for production companies in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. She has 37 years of theater experience.

Zimmerman said she's not sure what's in the future for her and her 15-year-old daughter, Olivia Zimmerman. "God will take care of me. He doesn't make mistakes," she said.

She said she will miss seeing the beautiful theater and, most of all, the people. "I love the people of Victoria and the patrons of the Welder Center."