Wednesday, 26 August 2015 12:21

Lyric Theatre getting makeover treatment this summer

Written by  Joey Donnelly
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The Lyric Theatre is getting a summer makeover thanks to the generosity of members and a provincial architectural grant.

Replacement of the large upstairs windows that face Central Avenue North is now nearing completion. The $40,000-renovation project was made possible through the successful application of a Main Street grant.
The provincial program provides communities with training, tools and access to competitive grant funding to support the promotion, economic development and physical revitalization of the historic downtown.
Frontier Builders is in charge of the project that has been overseen by Lyric volunteer, Dan Olmsted. President of the Lyric, Denise Wall says the windows are being restored to its look from 1912.
“They’re going to be brought back to the original size that you would see in one those original pictures. You’re going to see the French panes and they’ll look much closer to the original style,” she said.
In the past, the upstairs of the Lyric had 12 apartments. In 1918, the top floor was used as an isolation hospital during the Spanish Flu Epidemic. Jack and Violet Lundholm managed the theatre for nearly fifty and lived upstairs for most of that time.
This latest renovation brings us one step closer to having the top floor available for public use.
The board’s vision includes having studio and rehearsal space upstairs, along with accommodations for visiting artists and rental space to generate revenue. Visitors to the top floor are always impressed with the long wainscoted hallway, high ceiling and magnificent skylights. 
“We were so fortunate to be a part of the Main Street program to begin with, let alone to apply for the grant and get it,” Wall said.
The Lyric is responsible for $20,000 of the matching grant and the board requests the public’s help in raising that amount.
Already, Larry and Sandra Hill have each contributed $1,000 to the restoration project.  The board hopes 18 more people of businesses will each contribute $1,000.
For more information on how to support the Lyric on this important project, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or phone 306-773-6292.
UPCOMING SHOWS: This Friday, Aug. 28, Swift Current Improvisational Theatre (SCIT) returns to the spotlight. Tickets are $10. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
On Friday, Sept. 11, Saskatoon rockers League of Wolves promises to be a great show. Then on Saturday, the Open Stage returns. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., $7 at the door, while performers get in for free.
Saskatchewan playwright and writer of mystery novels, Gail Bowen will be featured at Write Out Loud on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 at the door.
SCIT returns on Sept. 18.
Finally, Blenders presents The Skydiggers on Saturday, Sept. 26 with melodic mix of folk, pop, rock and country. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Music starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $35.
(Joey Donnelly is a news reporter for Golden West Radio, folklorist and Lyric board member.)

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