In preparation for the opening of the 35th season of Butterfield Stage, volunteers have recently assisted in revamping the lobby adjacent to the main stage of the playhouse, which is located in Gainesville’s historic Carnegie Library building.
Frank Mahnich, who led the work along with Jim Chambers and a host of other volunteers and Butterfield board directors, reconfigured the lobby which was last worked on in 1984. The playhouse’s historic “librarian’s desk” remains the focal point of the lobby which now exhibits the original fireplace that had previously been hidden from the public.
“This work provides our theater patrons a much larger and more comfortable lobby area,” Mahnich said. “In addition, the dressing rooms have been improved with new carpet and paint as well as updating the ‘green room’ actors lounge."
Mahnich added that the remodel was a fun and rewarding project.
“It will allow our guests enjoy the theater even more than in the past,” he said. “Our volunteers have been so supportive in this effort and we cannot thank them enough.”
The Butterfield Stage Players season opens on Thursday, Sept. 12, with the classic “On Golden Pond,” directed by John Rodgers. Season and single tickets are available at the box office which is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or online at www.ticketstothecity.com. Tickets for “On Golden Pond” will be available starting Thursday, Aug. 29.
For more information about Butterfield Stage Players, visit www.butterieldstage.org or on Facebook and Twitter. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
For more information, call (940) 665-8152.