March 14, 2014
Rehearsal is currently going on for a future performance of The Wind in the Willows.
When opening night comes the kids will have a new theatre to call their own. Performer Caitrin Gilman says, "It's really nice because the theatre has been moving around from place to place and finally we have an anchored place to go to and it's really nice and really big and should be a great place to perform."
For years, the non-profit program has had to rotate rehearsal and performance spaces. Artistic Director Robert Small says, " We've worked at least six or seven venues throughout the country and we've become experts at picking up and making theatre in found spaces."
When they found out there was space available at the old Gray's IGA in Verona, the group was overjoyed. Performer Colton Berry says, "It's just good to go somewhere and not have to worry about where you are going for every rehearsal so there's no changing around or anything."
The Verona Stage will be a 250-seat theatre and will serve as the primary performance and rehearsal space for all youth ensemble shows. Small says, "There is already a tradition of excitement about the program, so the idea of them having their own space is very exciting to them."