Interior work shutters Stageloft


Stageloft will be closing its doors for the coming weeks to upgrade its interior.

With no shows scheduled for January, Stageloft Repertory Theater will be shuttered as we undergo some interior reconstruction and upgrades.

However, the weeks-long closure will not prevent patrons from ordering tickets to our 2016 shows online through the TicketStage service, nor those who prefer to perform their ticket transactions by phone, at 508-347-9005.

Led by theater owners Christine and Scott Taylor, the reconstruction will result in better sight lines for all patrons, and will make the building of new sets — and the arduous-but-inevitable reconfiguration of wall partitions — more efficient.

Improving the logistics of the backstage area will benefit actors and others who work behind the scenes. Also, new paint schemes throughout the theater will add to a more welcoming atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the construction meant there was no New Year’s Eve variety shows on Dec. 31, a Vaudevillian Stageloft tradition in which all proceeds are donated to local food pantries and/or shelters.

Patrons were able to get a first look at the improvements when Stageloft hosted a free screening of the documentary “Muse of Fire” on Jan. 24. The film, which solicits input from some of the world’s best-known actors on Shakespeare, includes a scene with Stageloft co-founder Ed Cornely filmed right here in Sturbridge.

The first stage production to take advantage of the refreshed interior will be the Stageloft Youth Theater staging of “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” from Feb. 12 to Feb. 21.

Our first regular production of the year is the comical farce “Boeing, Boeing,” which runs from March 4 to March 20.

We hope you’ll benefit from our hard work in the coming month.