Waterville Opera House Getting A Facelift 

The Waterville Opera House is about to undergo a $4-million facelift and you can have a permanent presence there.The Opera House has been a fixture here for more than a century. Now it’s in store for some renovations that include an extension on the back of the building. Most of the work will be done on the interior…”New dressing rooms. Handicap access to the stage for the first time. A freight elevator which will be direct access from the outside to the stage,” says Diane Bryan, the Executive Director at the Waterville Opera House. “Enhanced stair tower so that the egress from the building will be up to code and safe.”There will also be new lighting and sound equipment, and new seating in the balcony. These renovations come with a price tag of around four million dollars. Thanks to a dollar for dollar matching grant from the Alfond foundation, the opera house only has to come up with half that amount. They’ve already raised $1.5 million leaving $500,000 to go.To help raise the funds, they’re giving people the chance to have their names permanently placed on the back of the new seats. “And so we’ll be selling the seats,” says Bryan. “So there’s a name plaque on a seat. So you can buy a $1000 seat in the orchestra and a few $500 seats. $500 seats in the balcony and also some $250 seats in the balcony as well.”For now, the folks here are getting set for their last theatrical performance before the curtain comes down and the renovations begin. A Midsummer Nights Disco Dream. “It’s Shakespeare set in in Studio 54 in New York City back in the 1970’s,” Bryan explains. “So there will be disco music. There will be a lot of polyester costumes ala John Travolta and the Village People.” The show opens Friday. For tickets to the performance of A Midsummer Night’s Disco Dream, or for more information on the naming rights of the new seats, you can call the opera house at 873-7000.