Springer Opera House delays the McClure Theatre opening

Posted on September 11, 2013 

I've been getting periodic tours of the new Dorothy W. McClure Theatre at the Springer Opera House. This is the first time that the Springer Children's Theater will have its own space.

Tuesday morning, I went back and was I surprised. The last time, it was just a square space with gray walls.

Now, the theater has the most gorgeous doors I've ever seen. They were designed by architect Neil Clark, who is with Hecht Burdeshaw Architects, who designed the space. Made of solid cherry wood and glass, they are stunning.

The lobby will feature an art deco look with cherry counters and really beautiful light fixtures.

Inside the theater, the walls are painted Mississippi Mud and feature these really cool panels painted Bittersweet Chocolate and Eucalyptus Green. The panels are not only beautiful, they are acoustic to help with the sound. Upstairs in the technical part of the building, those walls are painted Bittersweet Chocolate. You may never see that area, but trust me, it's a nice space.

Springer artistic director Paul Pierce and Children's Theater director Ron Anderson were hoping the theater would be ready for "Pinkalicious," which opens Oct. 4.

Alas, it was decided today that the theater is simply not ready for patrons. So, reluctantly the Springer staff decided to move "Pinkalicious" into Foley Hall. The first show in the McClure Theatre will be "California Dreaming," which opens Nov. 14.

But please go ahead and buy your tickets for "Pinkalicious." I'm sure that's going to be one of the best children's shows ever. Heather Willis is Pinkalicious and she's so excited to get into her costumes. I've seen them and they are really ... pink!

I can't wait to see a show in the theater. I'll be there for "California Dreaming." I hope to see you there, too.

The ribbon cutting will be Oct. 25 for the donors that made the "Setting the Stage" capital campaign a success.

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