• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Woodford Theatre seeks help to improve facilities

Repurposing a backstage storage area as a new classroom and rehearsal space for its growing educational programs was a huge undertaking and accomplishment for Woodford Theatre.

“To me,” said Woodford Theatre Executive/Artistic Director Trish Clark, “there’s no reason to have a community theatre if it’s not as much education as it is performance because that’s your future.” She said it’s vital to train young actors, dancers and singers to improve performances at Woodford Theatre and ensure its future for generations to come.

“They’re going to be our patrons. They’re going to be our sponsors. They’re going to be our actors,” said Clark.

A public launch of Woodford Theatre’s capital campaign fundraiser will begin on July 28 and continue for five years to address many other facility needs, said Tony Del Grosso, its managing director.

He said the launch will inform people in the community about how much has been raised for facility improvements and how much more is needed.

“The theatre has not really had any upgrades since it was constructed almost 20 years ago,” said Del Grosso. “We’ve been able to replace the occasional piece of equipment here and there, but nothing really to keep up with the needs of the space.” He said these improvements are needed in order to continue operating Woodford Theatre “at peak performance for our community.”

One notable improvement has been replacing an obsolete soundboard using capital funds. Also, new curtains have been installed and a few chairs have been replaced, but house lighting, a light board and dimming system, as well as improvements to the lobby area are unmet needs, Del Grosso said. With a goal of $300,000 for making improvements, he said facility upgrades will be made in phases as dollars become available.

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