Spokane Civic Theatre
Spokane Civic Theatre Executive Artist Director Yvonne AK Johnson, Board members Bob & Margot Ogden, and Jeanne Ager, Ager Consulting, at Spokane Civic Theatre’s Raise the Roof results reveal
The Results are in!
You may have heard of Spokane Civic Theatre’s Raise the Roof project. You know the one: $1.2 million to raise the roof above the Main Stage for a fly loft to make such shows as Peter Pan and, someday when the rights are available, Mary Poppins. You might not have known about the Feasibility Study that Spokane Civic Theatre has been holding for the past six months, thanks to Jeanne Ager from Ager Consulting. The results of these meetings were revealed last night to Spokane Civic Theatre’s Board of Directors, Endowment Board, Ad HOC Feasibility Committee, and staff.
I can almost hear your questions now: what was the point of this Feasibility Study of which you speak? What does it have to do with the Raise the Roof project, anyway? Well, the idea was to expand Civic’s Raise the Roof project and build a whole new addition to the building as well as some remodeling. Civic hasn’t proposed such an ambitious undertaking in over 35 years! The benefits of the proposed $3.7 million project include:
- A 3 story addition located at the Southwest corner with a beautiful view of Downtown Spokane
- A 150 seat black box theatre
- New restrooms and an expansion and remodel of the women’s Main Stage restrooms! (Ladies, we know how long that line can be at intermission)
- Rehearsal space that can be used for meetings, conferences, and receptions as well
- A new dressing room and the remodel of the current dressing rooms
- More offices (staff especially love this item!)
Spokane Civic Theatre will be the only one of Spokane’s theatres (except the INB Performing Arts Center) to have a fly loft!
So, what was the response to Spokane Civic Theatre’s Feasibility study for the Raise the Roof project?
(Feel free to do a drum roll before you read on, I did) The Spokane community responded with a resounding “Yes! We’ll support this new project!” So, with $160,000 already raised through the Raise the Roof project, we could see this new addition at Spokane Civic Theatre within the next 5 years!