Saturday, July 01, 2006

Bardavon renovation

Awhile ago I mentioned the Bardavon and UPAC were merging, and how the Bardavon would be undergoing some restoration work - here's an update from the Poughkeepsie Journal:

"Contractors wearing hard hats have temporarily taken over from stage managers moving scenery as the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie spends $1.6 million and six months on a renovation project.

The historic theater on Market Street - Mark Twain performed there in 1869 and Bob Dylan rehearsed there in February - is stabilizing its grid and fly system, which according to Lucia Edgcomb, managing director of theatre operations/project manager, was installed in 1905. This wooden structure hangs from the ceiling above the stage and utilizes ropes and pulleys to make characters "fly," hang lights for rock concerts and provide scenery for theatrical productions."

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