Today, we are having new seats delivered for the theatre. We’ve called in all theatre majors to come in to the theatre today (any time they aren’t in a class) to help us assemble the new seats. As this is being typed, the party has already begun.
It my seem like an unexciting event (and way) to celebrate -new chairs, an ‘all-day’ work call. The fact is, the seating upgrade is part of a significant set of renovations happening in our Blackbox Theatre space, and it has started with one of the ‘unsung’ aspects of an audience’s theatre-going experience: the seat in which they sit.
We are happy to have a brand new set of Wenger adjustable seating risers and audience seating that our patrons will be able to enjoy when they visit us for our shows this semester. Previous seating made it a challenge to comfortably view our productions, especially if they lasted for longer than 15 minutes. We felt your pain (trust us).
So we celebrate, in the way theatre people know how: by gathering together as a community, and working together to bring our audience comfort, and enabling them to engage each production, without suffering.