Village Theatre picks up pieces after cold-related damage
December 11, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 11:21 a.m. Dec. 11, 2009
A near-disaster brought on by old pipes and below-freezing temperatures brought the house down at Village Theatre First Stage Theatre building earlier in the week.
Crews started clean-up efforts Thursday to remove insulation frozen by leaking water, which then fell from the ceiling.
The damage claimed KIDSTAGE costumes, a soundboard and other equipment. Michelle Sanders, the theater spokeswoman, said theater managers did not yet have cost estimates for the damage.
The facilities manager discovered the damage earlier in the week after temperatures in the teens caused pipes to burst and prompted alerts from local emergency management agencies.
Eastridge Christian Assembly also sustained damage related to burst pipes. Gibson Hall managers alerted people who had booked the facility for the weekend that cold could cause pipes to burst and their events could be rescheduled.
Village Theatre is in the midst of a large-scale renovation of the First Stage Theatre building. Sanders said the water damage would not interrupt any productions because plans had been made to accommodate First Stage and KIDSTAGE productions during the remodel.
Initial plans called for a remodel of the 95-year-old building. After officials learned the building lacked a foundation and had sinking walls, the renovation plans were overhauled to a $2.8 million effort to upgrade the structure, lighting, sound and ventilation systems.