Progress Report

March 2021

Future performance space.

In a normal year, we would have had many enthusiastic volunteers helping us move from Summit Street to Gear Street. But of course, this isn’t a normal year, and as it didn’t seem safe to invite people to help, the move has been covered mainly by our staff. Many thanks to Patricia Lehnhardt and Jan Lavacek for many hours of packing and hauling, and to Karen Wilson and Elizabeth Boggess for keeping us all up to date with day-to-day work. Thanks to the generosity of the Lord of Love Lutheran Church, the new tenants on the main floor at our former Center building, we will be able to maintain our offices and many of the artists’ studios at Summit Street for a while, until we get enough accomplished at the new site to be able to move in.

Our architect, Jim Baranski, and theater consultant, Katherine Georgeson, have been working closely with us to finalize designs for the performance space that will be the centerpiece of the lower level of the building. It’s exciting to put some of our dreams on paper, and we hope to start the renovation project soon. Right now, the lower level is basically one giant space, close to 9,000 square ft. Once finished, it will include a performance space that will seat 100, audience restrooms, actor dressing rooms and restrooms, a concessions area, a meeting/classroom space, and more!

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