Harrisburg Shakespeare Company has been providing a unique and widely praised cultural resource to the Central PA community since 1994. HSC is best known for Free Shakespeare in the Park, which provides critically acclaimed free performances to thousands each summer. HSC produces two mainstage shows at Gamut Classic Theatre and tours a Shakespeare work and a collection of Edgar Allan Poe stories annually to high schools, middle schools and colleges. We are the Visiting Resident Theatre Company of Penn State York and host Shakespeare-based Continuing Legal Education programs with the Dauphin County Bar Association. HSC is nationally recognized as well: Melissa Nicholson, Executive Director, has served as an officer of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the preeminent Shakespeare Theatre organization in North America; and HSC has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
After 20 years of entertaining Central PA, Gamut Theatre Group, the combined theatre company of Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre and Harrisburg Shakespeare Company, announced today that it had purchased the Harrisburg property of 15 North 4th Street, formerly The First Church of God, for the purpose of creating a
After 20 years of entertaining Central PA, Gamut Theatre Group, the combined theatre company of Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre and Harrisburg Shakespeare Company, announced today that it had purchased the Harrisburg property of 15 North 4th Street, formerly The First Church of God, for the purpose of creating a permanent theatre space for the company.
Plans for the new theatre space include a renovation of the 12,000 square-foot church building to create mainstage and children’s theatres, classrooms, offices, a reception lobby, a scene shop, costume shop, dressing rooms, storage and more. Renovation will also include facilities improvements such as installation of an air conditioning system, ADA compliant entrances, and upgrades to electrical and plumbing systems.
“It’s a beautiful building,” says Clark Nicholson, Gamut’s Artistic Director, “and although there will be some cosmetic changes, we are very excited that we will be preserving much of the original architecture, including the lovely stained glass windows. There is a feeling of history here, a love and respect for those things that have come before, that lends itself nicely to the telling of classic stories.”
Purchase of the building, which is located directly across the street from Strawberry Square, which has been Gamut Theatre Group’s home for 20 years, was facilitated by the theatre’s former landlord, South Third Development Corporation, in affiliate of Harristown.
“We have been working cooperatively with Gamut to help them acquire and renovate their new property into a long-term theatre asset,” said Brad Jones, Vice President, Community Development for Harristown Enterprises, Inc. “We are very supportive of this new project and are pleased that Gamut has chosen to remain part of the downtown community.”
Gamut has kicked off a fundraising campaign to raise the $1.6 million needed to complete the property’s renovations, which are projected to be completed by Fall 2014. The company will continue to produce at his current location on the 3rd floor of Strawberry Square through it 2013-14 Season.
For more information about the project or how to donate to Gamut Theatre Group, contact Melissa Nicholson, Executive Director, at 717-238-4111.