(Shaun Friedrichsen, Publisher)
A group of dedicated volunteers continued working on a demolition project at the Bonham Theatre on Friday to prepare for contractors to begin renovation work in July.
Brooke Schwab, President of the Bonham Theatre Project explained that the group is excited to see action at the historic building.
“It’s a work day at the Bonham today,” said Schwab. “It’s fabulous! We’ve got a few good volunteers that are really getting work done. The focus today is basically removing the drop ceiling that’s in the main theater, which we had to bring in a lift for; of course that ceiling’s way up there. That’s a lift that will stay in because the contractors will use it when they start construction.”
The volunteers are also removing the old curtains, revealing writings hidden since the curtains were installed. The volunteer efforts will bring the Bonham Theatre one step closer to opening.
On June 27 at 12:30 p.m., the Bonham Theatre Project will host a ground-breaking ceremony to showcase the work completed so far and to highlight the work that will be done in the coming months.
“We’re hoping for a huge outpouring of media and people to come help us celebrate,” Schwab said. “We’ll have a little ceremony, simple, but I think it will be exciting to officially say ‘we’re going.’ By the second week in July, we expect there to be contractors there working.”
Schwab explained that to help raise money to complete this part of the project, the group is conducting a “Chair-ity” campaign. She stated that if people donate $250, their names will be on plates attached to the back of each of the chairs to commemorate that donation. People can also make donations for the chair-ity campaign in memorial of others.
“In conjunction with that, the chair-ity campaign will, in September during First Friday, have some of the old chairs that were in the theater there,” Schwab said. “We’re going to have artists decorate them and do their artistic thing with them. They will be on the First Friday Art Walk, and then we will auction them off. We’re excited about it, and we’ve had a lot of people ask about it.”
Anyone who is interested in helping with the Bonham Theatre Project, or the chair-ity campaign, is encouraged to contact any of the board members.