By Philip Pearce
PACIFIC REPERTORY THEATRE, after a successful renovation and safety upgrade to its stage and back stage, has launched a new $2.7 million “Make Your Mark” Capital Campaign to finance an extensive reconfiguration of its auditorium and lobby areas.
A major feature of this overhaul will be to rake the historic Golden Bough Playhouse’s nearly-500 audience seats in a way that will guarantee every ticket holder an uninterrupted view of the entire stage.
Already in progress is a $250,000 Community Challenge that invites theatergoers to buy tiles that can be marked with the names of family, business or group, “and even your furry friends.” The tiles, the smallest priced at $250, will, à la Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, form part of the paving in the new lobby area.
The “Make Your Mark” campaign kick-off took place last week in the form of three one-hour open-house excursions starting with snacks and drinks in the lobby followed by a tour of the stage and behind-the-scenes areas.
I joined about forty other PacRep fans for the inaugural 4 to 5pm tour last Thursday. Led by founding executive director Stephen Moorer, we watched costumer Ziona Goren, actor Adam Saucedo and five volunteers from our group demonstrate a lightning quick costume change from the “I Could Be That Guy” musical number in last winter’s Sister Act.
We moved on to the main stage, all set up for PacRep’s current production of Jungle Book, took a ride on the twin center stage revolving platforms and settled into auditorium seats for a couple of solo musical numbers from current and coming PacRep shows.
It was brisk, informative and fun.