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March 2004 Stage One of the Renovations Included...

Taking down the wall at stage right, building a new floor at stage right; building a wall at stage right; constructing two columns on either side of the stage; lowering the front curtains; building a valence at the front of the stage; making a doorway in the brick wall at stage right and installing a door; painting the areas around the stage (including the front of the stage) black; painting the lower portion of the walls in the house black; removing the partitions from the mens and ladies washrooms; painting the washrooms; laying new floors in the washrooms; installing new lights in the washrooms; repairing the washroom doors; replacing the toilet seats; scraping away old paint in the lobby; painting the lobby red, yellow and black; painting small murals in the lobby; constructing a wall with three solid core doors, in order to create a hallway in the lobby; cleaning; scrubbing; scraping away chewing gum; taking apart each of the 120 seats in order to make repairs; cursing (a little bit).


Geoff starts the stage destruction/construction while Joe and Chavah clean up.
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The aisle will soon disappear.
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Joe starts to remove the washroom dividers.
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Ricky and Joe clean up.
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Geoff prepares to build a floor.
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Chavah and Joe paint the washroom.
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Andrea continues to paint the washroom.
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The stage is starting to change.
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A new colour goes on the lobby wall.
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Ricky helps Geoff prepare the wood for the valence.
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William lends Geoff a helping hand.
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Jantje continues with the yellow in the lobby.
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Andrea paints the border in the lobby.
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Will and Ricky help Geoff with the stage columns.
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Andrew drills through the concrete to create the backstage door.
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Will hammers through the wall.
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Ricky chisels the wall from the other side.
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Hank starts to measure for the lobby wall.
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Debbie cleans up.
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The stage is really starting to change as Geoff finishes building the columns.
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Val paints the wall black.
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Andrea also paints the wall black.
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Hank continues to work on the wall.
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Brendon and Will build a wall at stage right.
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Brendon and Andrew build a wall.
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The backstage door!
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Jantje keeps on painting black.
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Hank's wall is taking shape.
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Brian and Hank tidy up the edges.
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Still more black...
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Vicky lends a helping hand.
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Hank and David check out the 8' doors.
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Andrew paints the front of the stage.
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Andrea and Andrew paint the front of the stage (what else? black).
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Geoff sands down the columns to prepare them for paint.
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Jantje and Val graduate to red paint in the lobby.
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Rob stops by to paint the back wall of the theatre.
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Rob fills in the blanks.
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Thomas helps with the lobby painting.
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Val paints.
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Andrea paints.
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Jantje paints.
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Hank and Geoff get ready to hang one of three lobby doors.
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Geoff installs the backstage door.
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The lobby is changing with the addition of a wall.
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Mitchell and Ryan clean up the last of the concrete block debris.
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Rick and Jamie paint the columns and the backstage wall.
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Debbie paints stage right.
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Hank tackles the broken seats.
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Geoff and Joe unload the back-up seats they have located.
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Joe helps Hank repair the first of many seat backs.
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Jantje lays the new floor in the bathroom.
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Val lays the new floor in the bathroom.
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The tromp l'oeil curtain receives the first coat of paint.
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Starting to look like a real curtain.
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Chavah applies hair dryer heat to the bathroom floor to activate the adhesive.
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Joe glues another broken seat back together.
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Val scrubs the floors while Hank continues to fix seats.
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Andrea paints comedy and tragedy.
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Jantje is happy that, after 22 days, we are almost finished this stage of the renovations!
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The final touches (trim and ceiling tiles) are added by Geoff and Hank.
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The new lobby.
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The new lobby.
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The new lobby.
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The new lobby.
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The new lobby.
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The new lobby.
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The new "Guys" washroom.
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New light fixture in the washroom.
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New paint on the walls and floors, a new stage facade and repaired seats -- but new seats are still coming!
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New paint on the walls and floors, a new stage facade and repaired seats -- but new seats are still coming!
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New paint on the walls and floors, a new stage facade and repaired seats -- but new seats are still coming!
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A brand new wing and backstage door!
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New paint on the walls and floors, a new stage facade and repaired seats -- but new seats are still coming!
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New paint on the walls and floors, a new stage facade and repaired seats -- but new seats are still coming!
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New paint on the walls and floors, a new stage facade and repaired seats -- but new seats are still coming!
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Tromp l'oeil curtains in the lobby.
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Comedy and tragedy in the lobby.
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Film in the lobby.
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Musical notes and paintbrush in the lobby.
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Dancing slippers in the lobby.
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Summer 2004 Stage One "B" of the Renovations Included...

Traveling to Fredericton with a group of volunteers to dismantle, remove and transport 200 seats from the balcony. Thanks to the Fairmont Algonquin, all of the seats made it back to St. Andrews where they sat in storage until...


Seats are rescued from the Fredericton Playhouse
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Seats are rescued from the Fredericton Playhouse
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Seats are rescued from the Fredericton Playhouse
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March 2005 Stage Two of the Renovations Included...

Having all the seats repadded and reupolstered; Removing all of the old seats; drilling holes for the new seats; painting the floor; building a two foot section, the full width of the stage; replacing hardwood with blackwood on the stage; hanging the "legs" (curtains); hanging the "backstage" curtain; cleaning; laying carpet at the front of the house; installing light and sound equipment; installing light, sound and television booth; installing piano platform; installing safety "crash" bars on the theatre doors.


The Arena Complex Theatre seats are removed!
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Holes have been drilled for the new seats.
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Fred and Joe get to work on the stage.
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Hank puts the pieces together...
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...While John puts them in place.
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This is what it looks like to install 122 seats, by hand.
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Tight angles make for desperate measures.
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Fred and Art make the stage picture perfect!
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All 122 seats have been installed, and YES, they are very comfortable!
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Spring 2007 Stage Three of the Renovations Included...

Creating backstage areas (green room, dressing room, storage areas, etc.).

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