Final phase of remodel gives theatre lobby a facelift

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Theatre seating pre-2009 renovation.  Photo credit Bob Nelson

Theatre seating pre-2009 renovation. Photo credit Bob Nelson

The final phase of the Mesquite Community Theatre remodel will be a facelift in the lobby. Bunny Wiseman will get a little help from what is left of the theatre funds not acquired through the RDA grant. That help is small beans though and Wiseman said for the lobby remodel to get done she’s not above asking for donations for paint and a lot of helping hands.

Post renovation of theatre seating and walls.  What were once stark white walls are now painted black and lined with acoustical material.  Once the lighting is complete the MCT will be the best little black box theatre around.  Photo credit Bob Nelson

Post renovation of theatre seating and walls. What were once stark white walls are now painted black and lined with acoustical material. Once the lighting is complete the MCT will be the best little black box theatre around. Photo credit Bob Nelson

The pallet will be kept neutral and simple so it won’t interfere or clash with the lobby decorations for specific shows which are sometime quite elaborate and other times very simple. Knowing Wiseman you can imagine it will be classic, elegant and timeless.

“The painting will be done by volunteers, hopefully in one big, fun painting party!” said Wiseman. “Maybe two; whatever it is you know we’ll make it a lot of fun.” Anyone interested in helping with the lobby makeover or willing to donate paint, cash or other supplies can contact Wiseman by phone at 801-808-0606 or by email at port8@gmail.com. Once the list of people willing to help is complete, a date will be set and the party will begin.

Theatre Lobby before the 2009 remodel.  The lobby was once the elementary school's  office.  Photo courtesy of Bob Nelson

Theatre Lobby before the 2009 remodel. The lobby was once the elementary school’s office. Photo courtesy of Bob Nelson

“Of course after all of this is said and done we will have the best little, 199 seat, black box theatre in Mesquite,” said Wiseman.

According to MadGeek.com a black box theater is a theater with a very simple, unadorned design which makes it an extremely flexible space. These theaters began to proliferate in the 1960s, probably deriving from practice spaces used by major theater companies and universities with large theater programs. Today, numerous black box theaters can be found all over the world, putting on a range of performances from highly experimental theater to Shakespeare.

The great thing about a black box space is that it can be anything anyone wishes to imagine. Other theater spaces can be changed but their fundamental character remains the same. A black box theater is capable of endless new configurations, allowing people to exercise their creativity, which can be especially valuable in the case of experimental performances where unusual arrangements of seating and stage may be needed.

With the improvements well underway there seems to be an excitement among the performers who use the theatre. They can’t wait to see all of the capabilities of the new lighting and sound configuration and what it all can do to enhance the shows.   From the Toes dance numbers to the theatre group’s upcoming comedy performances, this year promises to be an exciting adventure for performers and audience members alike.

Theatre lobby post renovation in 2009.  The final phase of the MCT project will include a new, neutral pallet and design for the lobby.  Photo courtesy of Bob Nelson

Theatre lobby post renovation in 2009. The final phase of the MCT project will include a new, neutral pallet and design for the lobby. Photo courtesy of Bob Nelson

Two of the groups who usually use the theatre most are the Virgin Valley Theatre Group and the Mesquite Toes Tap Team. Pam Sadler, a member of the MTTT, said, “I am so excited to see what the capabilities of the new lighting system will be and what it can do for the Toes performances or rather all performances.”

The Virgin Valley Theatre Group’s 2016-17 Season which begins in October with the production of Blithe Spirit. Auditions are tentatively set for late August but will be announced as soon as they are firm. You can check out the VVTG website at www.vvtgnv.com for audition and season information.

Keep your eyes open for the Mesquite Toes Tap Team Open House which is scheduled to be held on September 21. They will be rotating classes from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. so that all who are interested in joining can get a sample of what the dance classes are like. There will be classes in Tap, Clogging, Jazz and Musical Theatre. For more information on the Toes check out their website at www.mesquitetoestapteam.com

Volunteers for concessions, seating, technical and box office are always needed. Volunteers are able to watch the productions they work in exchange for their time with the exception of the technicians who work the shows of course. You can access and view the theatre calendar from the GMAF website. Most of the reservations are in for the season so if there’s a particular show you’d like to see just volunteer a bit of your time before the show and during intermission. Interested parties can also contact Wiseman at the number and email mentioned previously.

For ticket information for any shows presented at the Mesquite Community Theatre contact their web site at www.mesquitegmaf.com.

Comments

  1. Glen Bjornson says:

    To clarify, MCT is a small proscenium theatre, not a so-called “black box” theatre. It is, nonetheless, a wonderful little space to perform in!

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