The view of the renovated stage inside the Liberty Theatre is quite the scene. Many changes have been made that will enhance the theatre experience for both the audience and the crew.
The future home of a World War II museum is located to the left of the main entrance, which used to be storage space. The room was opened up to reveal the original curvature of an archway featured when the structure was built almost 100 years ago.
Restoration on the Atchison County Memorial Building is moving right along as everyone in the community anxiously waits for one of the most popular event venues in the area to open its doors once again.
The Memorial Building updates for the bottom floor on the main level are impressive. A new entrance from the outside into the main area through the kitchen will give people easier access for event equipment such as speakers and DJ equipment. The kitchen will have a complete remodel and will be streamlined. The balcony overlooking the main event space has been expanded for more room. The storage room that will be converted into a World War II museum has been opened up, creating a much more welcoming area in the foyer.
Of all the people happy about the renovations, there may be no other group more excited than those involved in the Liberty Theatre, thanks to the many improvements being made on the second floor.
The Liberty Theatre family is excited about many changes to the production space, including adjustments to the curtains onstage that will allow for better lighting and stage room. Behind the scenes, the backstage will have a make-over: it will be entirely on one level. Previously, multiple levels and steps made it difficult for the cast and production crews to navigate paths backstage. This will also make things more ADA compliant and will provide more opportunities for people to get involved in the theatre.
One of the improvements that the cast members are excited about is the addition of a make-up room backstage, allowing for more room during costume changes.
Theatre guests will notice a significant change to the heating and cooling of the theater because of the new duct work that was installed.
Another change the audience will notice is the lighting productions.
“There will be major sound and lighting improvements coming that will greatly impact the audience’s experience,” Devon Sons said. Sons, who is a very involved volunteer and has directed past Liberty Theatre productions, says that there are many things in the works in anticipation of the building reopening this summer.
The theatre is still on track to be opened for a June production. Although it was previously announced that the Liberty Theatre would be doing Cinderella, there has been a change of plans and the group will be announcing a new production in the near future.
In the meantime, everyone is anxiously waiting for their next curtain call.
“We are ready to get back to work. We are looking forward to seeing the completed theatre and even more excited to use it,” Devon said.
There are a lot of things for the Liberty Theatre to be excited about. They are planning their next production as well as discussing the possibility of a summer acting camp for children, giving them the opportunity to cultivate a love for the theater in kids at a young age. To follow along with announcements, follow the Liberty Theatre Facebook page. For more information about the Memorial Building and to assist in their annual campaign, please visit memorialbuilding.org.