Capital Campaign: "Opening Night for Tomorrow"

Finally!  Long needed upgrades and improvements to our historic building!

This past winter, Coach House and the firm of Braun & Steidl Architects began development of a master plan of our vision for the future.  The result is a three-phase Capital Campaign designed to create handicapped access and seating, restructure and enlarge restrooms, increase seating capacity, and bring much-needed upgrades to the stage, scenery shop, storage and dressing room facilities.

Phase I involves major improvements to the actual performance area: the stage, scene shop, greenroom, restrooms and dressing rooms.  Cement beams and structural elements which enforce height restrictions, and obstruct views of the stage to audience members will be eliminated.  A separate shop area for the construction of scenery will be created, in order to eliminate the necessity to build sets on the actual stage, thereby covering everything in the theatre, daily, with sawdust.  Artists will have their own off-stage waiting area (greenroom) that will no longer double as a furniture, costume and prop storage room.  Finally, our actors and crew will have the new luxury of heat, air-conditioning, and restrooms backstage!

Phase II includes the front-of-house and lobby, and will include a handicapped-accessible  entrance, a revamped box office, bar, coatroom and restrooms (off of the lobby, where they belong!) and a lift suitable both for wheelchairs and for those patrons wishing to avoid stairs.

Phase III, will complete the house (audience area.)  A front row of handicapped and companion seating, expanded rows, wider aisles and refurbished seats are in store.  And, did we mention, no bathrooms in the audience any more?!

Information about grant support and donations for Opening Night for Tomorrow is available through our website at

Gala Fundraiser plans will follow shortly.  Watch for details!

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