Construction Update 2018: Act II

Act II: The Production Wing is nearing completion

The new backstage setup is emerging on the south side of the main Maryland Hall theatre.  In the photo below (right) you can see two big spaces accommodating a double decker loading dock.  In the middle of the building is a new freight elevator which will allow our crews to move freight, instruments (including grand pianos), and sets from the loading dock area, into the elevator, up a level, and straight onto the stage, saving time and money while ensuring safety.

       

The Production Wing Storage and Lobby are also nearing completion. Storage on the upper level for risers, chairs, music stands, stage extension parts, sound equipment, etc., will free up space on our stage, enabling faster turnaround and more options for types and numbers of performances.  The Lobby features a two-story glass atrium maximizing light and space.

       

Act II also includes new dressing rooms for the comfort and support of our artists and performers. Utilities are being moved, upgraded, and reorganized including HVAC, fire suppression, and safety systems. All are critical for the comfort and safety of both performers and patrons.  Access to Maryland Hall is also improving, with eight new doors being installed soon and no less than three entrances with ramps and push button access.

We will complete construction of the Production Wing over the summer and are planning a ribbon-cutting and celebration in late summer/early Fall. Stay tuned!

Bowen Theatre taking shape
The former gym, now known as the Bowen Theatre in honor of our friend and former president, Linnell Bowen, has been updated. We’ve elevated the floor to eliminate the steps, carpeted the space, and are adding curtains and theatrical lighting, creating a much-needed, multi-use space seating 180-200 people. There are more updates to come but these improvements will enhance the space for varied programs in the immediate future.

Act III launching soon
Soon we’ll be looking into launching Act III, to include the new patron services areas, and other critical upgrades and modernizations to improve the guest experience for audience members, patrons, students, artists, staff, and all visitors. We look forward to sharing our plans with you!

Thank you to the many donors who have contributed to The Campaign for Maryland Hall Please click here for a list of donors.  

If you would like to make a donation to The Campaign for Maryland Hall, go to www.marylandhall.org/donate or contact Steff Kemp at skemp@marylandhall.org or 443-714-8098.