The Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts is working to bring the Uptown Theatre back to life. They’ve started out by offering improv and stand-up classes to help pay for renovations and operating costs. They’re working on building the curriculum for acting classes and have now opened up the lobby for bigger performances. Briana Mahoney is the Co-Founder Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts. She tells us what they’re doing isn’t the way they thought it would go.
"I think people are just really excited to have the doors open again and to get back in here, and we didn’t necessarily realize that when we started off. We thought we’ll just… you know we’ll let everyone know when everything’s done no matter how long it takes, but the response was that people just want it to be open and were just excited, and so we kind of rethought the approach a little bit to seeing well how can we get people in here sooner."
The main theatre is in need of stage work, seating, plumbing, really an entire make-over. That kind of work is going to take plenty of money and time. The theatre has received a grant to help with a feasibility study. That will give them a roadmap of how to approach the renovations. The UTCA is also asking the public for any photographs that could help preserve the history of the theatre. Co-Founder Devin Mahoney tells us while getting the main stage open is one of the goals, it’s not the biggest.
"We feel very happy to be able to be the ones to just put a stage out, turn the lights on, and then let people come in and do their thing, and that’s very much why we want to be here. The stage will get done. It’s going to be a great performance space both for theatre and movies and live music and all that, but that’s really secondary to kind of the mission of creative community building here."
The Uptown Theatre for Creative Arts is working on a long-term plan to open up the main theatre, but they can’t do it without the community’s support. If you’d like to help out you can find a link to their upcoming events here: utcany.org