An Encore Performance
The Waterville Opera House Renovation Project
After more than a century of presenting the arts in Central Maine, the Opera House found itself in need of major upgrades--$4.8 million worth of upgrades, as a matter of fact. The only significant renovation since its opening had been the replacement of the orchestra seating more than 25 years prior.
The staff and board of the Waterville Opera House, backed by a volunteer committee of community members, endeavored to raise the necessary funds. In a landmark cultural gift, the Harold Alfond Foundation pledged a $2.3 million matching grant, which enabled the project’s success in difficult economic times.
To ensure the comfort and safety of patrons and to enhance the theater experience, renovations included:
• An addition along the rear façade of the building with new restroom facilities and dressing rooms, as well as a sloped hallway for ADA access
• A freight elevator, with adjoining scene-construction shop, to create better access to the stage
• An expanded lobby area with a new concession area
• Reconfiguration and replacement of balcony seating
• Widening stairwells to provide adequate egress
• Improved acoustics
• New lighting, sound, and rigging equipment for expanded theatrical capabilities
A renovated Opera House enhances dramatically the ability to attract patrons to downtown Waterville. The renovations enable more technically complex productions and provide a safer and more comfortable experience for our patrons.
If you would like to name a seat in the Opera House, there is still availability. Download and fill out the required form below. Call (207) 873-7000 for more information.
Commitment Form - Take a Seat.docx