Performing Arts – Akademija Art http://akademija-art.net/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:48:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://akademija-art.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Performing Arts – Akademija Art http://akademija-art.net/ 32 32 Ordway announces new vax policy as more venues cancel shows https://akademija-art.net/ordway-announces-new-vax-policy-as-more-venues-cancel-shows/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:48:19 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/ordway-announces-new-vax-policy-as-more-venues-cancel-shows/ As canceled or postponed arts events pile up, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has announced stricter vaccination requirements. Starting Feb. 1, the St. Paul venue will not only require vaccination (or a negative test result within 72 hours of the performance), but also proof of a booster. Masks remain mandatory and they cannot […]]]>

As canceled or postponed arts events pile up, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has announced stricter vaccination requirements.

Starting Feb. 1, the St. Paul venue will not only require vaccination (or a negative test result within 72 hours of the performance), but also proof of a booster. Masks remain mandatory and they cannot be fabric masks; theater now requires more omicron-resistant protection, such as N95 or KN95 masks. The policies apply to all Ordway, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and Schubert Club performances on the site.

The variant continues to disrupt performing arts schedules. The touring production of “Come From Away,” which is currently playing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, has canceled two more performances — Friday night and Saturday afternoon — but intends to resume the 8 p.m. show on Saturday, having won some time to work new performers from Broadway, London and Toronto productions to the cast. The musical runs until January 23.

The Park Square Theater is postponing its revival of the musical drama “Mary and Rosetta,” after previously canceling some performances. Originally slated to debut on January 19, the drama about music trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe is “on hold” in hopes of premiering later.

“We have heard of anxiety from our customers, as well as challenges in the rehearsal room due to COVID-19. As we prioritize the health and safety of our performers and audience, all we said to breathe and come back when we can,” executive director Mark Ferraro-Hauck said.

The Yellow Tree Theater pushes back “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play”. Slated to debut at the Osseo Theater on February 4, the comedy will now run from June 2-26.

Two events at the Landmark Center in St. Paul have been moved. The “Urban Expedition China” dance/culture program, originally scheduled for Sunday, will now take place on February 20. “Black Sea Odyssey,” featuring Ethnic Dance Theater and originally scheduled for February 20, will be a virtual event in March.

Among clubs in the Twin Cities, about one in five live music concerts scheduled for this weekend have been postponed or cancelled, mostly at the request of artists. Canceled shows include Samantha Fish at First Avenue on Saturday and Tina Schlieke at The Dakota on Saturday (which was replaced by Ginger Commodore’s tribute to Sidney Poitier the same night).

Other concerts canceled in the coming days include annual tributes to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton at the Cabooze and Turf Club, respectively; rapper Sean Anonymous’ birthday party at 7th St. Entry; Best Coast’s tour date at Fine Line and Kiss the Tiger’s residency concert at Icehouse.

At the Crooners Supper Club in Fridley, three shows were canceled – Jennifer Grimm on Friday, Songs of Laurel Canyon and Lynne Rothrock on Saturday and Robert Robinson on Sunday. The site will be closed until February 3 for renovations.

Editors Chris Riemenschneider and Jon Bream contributed to this report.

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Oxnard Performing Arts Center receives $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts https://akademija-art.net/oxnard-performing-arts-center-receives-35000-from-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:43:20 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/oxnard-performing-arts-center-receives-35000-from-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts/ OXNARD, Calif. — The Oxnard Performing Arts Center has received a $35,000 grant to support its initiative to provide creative space for underserved local teens. A new program, OPAC Studios, offers free lessons in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpting, fiber arts and more for Oxnard teens. The program will help vulnerable communities like BIPOC, indigenous people, […]]]>

OXNARD, Calif. — The Oxnard Performing Arts Center has received a $35,000 grant to support its initiative to provide creative space for underserved local teens.

A new program, OPAC Studios, offers free lessons in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpting, fiber arts and more for Oxnard teens. The program will help vulnerable communities like BIPOC, indigenous people, people of promise and homeless people.

The grant comes from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Creative Youth Development provided the framework for the OPAC studios.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from OPAC that help sustain the creative economy of the community,” said NEA Acting President Ann Eilers. “Oxnard’s OPAC is among the nation’s arts organizations that use the arts as a source of strength, a pathway to well-being, and provide access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through Arts.”

The OPAC said the new project is among 1,248 projects nationwide totaling more than $28.8 million that have been selected to receive this first round of FY2022 funding under the Grants for artistic projects.

“We are truly honored to receive our first-ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and look forward to our teens benefiting from expanded classes, opportunities for engagement, development and career exploration,” said Carolyn Merino. Mullin of the OPAC. Executive Director.

For more information on OPAC’s Teen Art program, click here.

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Omicron continues to hit the performing arts https://akademija-art.net/omicron-continues-to-hit-the-performing-arts/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 06:01:10 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/omicron-continues-to-hit-the-performing-arts/ Anyone who has been to the Sydney Festival opening night decadence at the Sydney Opera House or Girl from the north of the country at Sydney’s Theater Royal will have found a COVID-19 case alert in the secure COVID recording history on their Service NSW app, indicating that they may have been in contact with […]]]>

Anyone who has been to the Sydney Festival opening night decadence at the Sydney Opera House or Girl from the north of the country at Sydney’s Theater Royal will have found a COVID-19 case alert in the secure COVID recording history on their Service NSW app, indicating that they may have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 and that they should watch for symptoms.

Omicron is all over Sydney right now, with NSW now surpassing half a million COVID-19 infections. Cases in Victoria are also skyrocketing with 37,994 more cases reported today, while Queensland has recorded 20,566 new cases.

There haven’t been any mainstream events related to the live theater performances, but Omicron’s broadcast continues to wreak havoc in the performing arts. Not only do shows have to be canceled or postponed due to the cast and crew having contracted the virus, some members of the audience are staying on the sidelines due to their reluctance to attend indoor events, which lowers ticket sales.

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in An American in Paris in London. Photo © Tristram Kenton

Australian Ballet and GWB Entertainment announced today that performances of An American in Paris in Brisbane between January 11 and 16 were canceled due to COVID-related illness.

A press release said that despite adhering to “rigorous protocols to minimize risk, several members of the company have tested positive for COVID, making it impossible to stage production this week.”

Co-producer Torben Brookman of GWB Entertainment said, “Despite tremendous efforts to protect our entire business, like so many productions and events across the country, we have not been able to prevent COVID from occurring. ‘to have an impact on An American in Parisis Brisbane season.

“Fortunately, most of the affected limbs are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, but currently there is enormous pressure on everyone involved in the industry physically, emotionally and financially. “

“For an industry that was just beginning to recover from the first 18 months of COVID challenges and restrictions, the latest round of challenges has been devastating. “

An American in Paris is scheduled to resume performances on Jan. 18 and run at QPAC until Jan. 30 before a nationwide tour.

The wedding singer was due to open its season in Sydney last week, but was forced to cancel performances between January 6 and 12 because of the cast members who contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, the Canberra season of the musical Come from afar, which was scheduled to start on February 3, has been postponed to June “due to the current uncertainty and the rapid number of Omicron COVID cases.”

Come from afar was one of the many shows that had to cancel performances during the holiday period due to the cast or staff members contracting the virus. Hamilton, six and Small jagged pill canceled shows in Sydney, just like Red Mill! and Frozen in Melbourne. Red Mill! is now closed between January 11 and 16 “due to the impact of the COVID-19 containment issues in Melbourne”.

The Sydney Festival had to cancel its season of Qween Lear due to a COVID outbreak and postponed the opening of A choir line, by postponing the first week of shows. The highly anticipated musical, which premiered at the virus-shutting down Darlinghurst Theater Company on opening night in March 2020, and its rescheduled 2021 season also closed, will now have its first performance in Parramatta on January 13.

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President and CEO of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Council for the Arts Seeks Opportunities and Positive Things Amid Pandemic | Arts & Theater https://akademija-art.net/president-and-ceo-of-winston-salem-and-forsyth-county-council-for-the-arts-seeks-opportunities-and-positive-things-amid-pandemic-arts-theater/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/president-and-ceo-of-winston-salem-and-forsyth-county-council-for-the-arts-seeks-opportunities-and-positive-things-amid-pandemic-arts-theater/ “Of course I made decisions on how we were going to reopen and do things and stay safe, but I certainly didn’t do it in a vacuum. I called them up and said, “This is what I’m thinking of doing. “ She observed what other arts organizations and places were doing locally, across the state, […]]]>

“Of course I made decisions on how we were going to reopen and do things and stay safe, but I certainly didn’t do it in a vacuum. I called them up and said, “This is what I’m thinking of doing. “

She observed what other arts organizations and places were doing locally, across the state, and nationally.

The arts council was already following the Town of Winston-Salem’s mask mandate for indoor events.






Chase Law, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, January 4.


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Then, on August 30, the Arts Council began requiring patrons, performers, and stage crew members 18 and older who attended and worked at events and performances on its campus show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR lab test result 72 hours before an expected event.

“It was a tough decision for me to make,” Law said. “I’m not going to lie. It’s always like that. But at the end of the day, the question was “Is this the right decision?” “And my answer has always been” Yes. “

She said her decision was not about her but the return of the arts.

“Every city, especially Winston-Salem – the City of Arts and Innovation – must have a thriving arts and culture sector,” Law said.

The arts council has been rebuffed by some over its COVID-19 security policy, but Law said the majority of people are happy with it.


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Hi-Liners Musical Theater’s “High School Musical, JR” opens TONIGHT https://akademija-art.net/hi-liners-musical-theaters-high-school-musical-jr-opens-tonight/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:19:56 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/hi-liners-musical-theaters-high-school-musical-jr-opens-tonight/ ‘Bop to the top’ in the New Year with Hi-Liners Musical Theater (HMT) as they present “High School Musical, JR” live on stage at Glendale Lutheran School, opening TONIGHT – Friday January 7th and se continuing through January 15, 2022. The one-act adaptation of the hugely popular 2006 Disney film is directed by Frankie Curry-Edwards […]]]>

‘Bop to the top’ in the New Year with Hi-Liners Musical Theater (HMT) as they present “High School Musical, JR” live on stage at Glendale Lutheran School, opening TONIGHT – Friday January 7th and se continuing through January 15, 2022.

The one-act adaptation of the hugely popular 2006 Disney film is directed by Frankie Curry-Edwards and choreographed by HMT alumni Krystle Alan. The show will be performed by a cast of 29 members aged 10 to 17, all from various communities in South King County.

“High School Musical, Jr.” will take place two weekends, January 7-9 and January 14-15, Friday to Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The shows are held at the Glendale Lutheran School at 13455 2nd Ave SW, in Burien.

Tickets cost $ 15 and are available now on www.hi-liners.org.

Covid-19 Safety Information
Guests 12 years of age and older will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours prior to entry. Masks will be compulsory for all spectators aged 5 and over, regardless of their vaccination status.

The Hi-Liners Musical Theater is a non-profit organization established in 1966 that offers musical theater productions and performing arts classes, workshops and camps for students ages 3 and up in communities across the South King County.

For more information visit www.hi-liners.org.


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Omicron causes new round of postponements and cancellations in Twin Cities https://akademija-art.net/omicron-causes-new-round-of-postponements-and-cancellations-in-twin-cities/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 01:13:02 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/omicron-causes-new-round-of-postponements-and-cancellations-in-twin-cities/ As the new year begins, arts organizations in Twin Cities must change their plans, for the same reason their schedules changed at the end of 2021: the COVID-19 pandemic and, more specifically, the omicron variant. If you have tickets for just about anything this weekend, it’s a good idea to check to make sure the […]]]>

As the new year begins, arts organizations in Twin Cities must change their plans, for the same reason their schedules changed at the end of 2021: the COVID-19 pandemic and, more specifically, the omicron variant.

If you have tickets for just about anything this weekend, it’s a good idea to check to make sure the event is taking place and to inquire about refunds and exchanges. Here are some schedule changes:

The Guthrie Theater has canceled the first three premieres of “A Raisin in the Sun” and plans to begin premieres on January 12 instead. The opening night is scheduled for January 14.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has canceled rehearsals and performances until Sunday. SPCO is “exploring the possibility” of rescheduling flautist Alicia McQuerrey’s four concerts while implementing a new testing protocol for its musicians and staff.

Bloomington’s Artistry has canceled its production of “Into the Woods”, which was scheduled to open on January 22. Taking what the theater describes as a “brief intermission,” performances will resume with “Memphis,” which opens in April.

The Walker Art Center has rescheduled “KLII,” Kaneza Schaal’s show that was scheduled to launch its annual Out There series on January 12.

“We called Kaneza just when people were supposed to board a plane,” said Philip Bither, senior curator of performing arts at Walker. “We have ordered this piece and we are committed to having it when it is safer for our artists and our audience.”

Wordplay, the writers’ festival started by the Loft Literary Center in 2019 and then forced online over the past two years by the pandemic, announced on Wednesday that it would be suspended for 2022.

The Loft is in full transition, with the arrival of a new Executive Director in March. Citing the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, Acting Director Beth Schoeppler said that instead of compromising and asking “already exhausted staff to disperse, we decided to take a break and then focus with a renewed energy “on a festival in person then year.

The Red Eye Theater rescheduled this weekend’s dance piece “Honey” from July 15-17. For those who want a taste now, a dance-on-film version of “Honey” is streaming on Vimeo.

“Stone Baby,” a concert / play collaboration between rock band Kiss the Tiger and Trademark Theater that was slated to perform on Wednesdays in January at Icehouse, will debut on March 9 instead.

While live music in clubs and bars is reduced at this time of year anyway, First Avenue has postponed its annual showcase of the best new bands – with seven acts requiring backstage accommodation – from Friday to 4. March for safety.

At sister venues on First Ave, Friday’s Folios concert and Sunday’s Admiral Fox show at 7th St. Entry are both canceled. The same goes for the first two episodes of Andrew Broder’s residency concerts in January (Wednesday and January 12) at the Turf Club, where the Turn Turn Turn Friday appearance is also canceled. The residency concerts at Charlie Parr’s Turf on Sunday and Cactus Blossoms on Monday are still underway for the time being.

Other musical cancellations this week included Thursday’s Bruce Springsteen Tribute with Mick Sterling at Crooners, Saturday’s David Bowie Acoustic Tribute Show at Hook & Ladder, and Saturday’s Johnny Cash Tribute at Eagles Club Minneapolis. The Dakota are postponing Mayyadda’s Sunday concert and Tina Schlieske’s concert on January 15 to later dates.

Local derailments weren’t the only ones to be announced on Wednesday. The Grammy Awards have been postponed for the second year in a row, with no new date announced. Variety.com reported that the Los Angeles event venue, Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center), is pretty much booked with concerts, basketball and hockey games through to mid- April ; Grammys typically require a 10 day window for production.

Last year, the Grammys were postponed from January 26 to March 14 and presented without an audience at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Editors Chris Riemenschneider, Rohan Preston, Laurie Hertzel and Jon Bream contributed to this report.


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The 5-star cinema presents SOMETHING ROTTEN! This february https://akademija-art.net/the-5-star-cinema-presents-something-rotten-this-february/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 01:40:26 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/the-5-star-cinema-presents-something-rotten-this-february/ 5-STAR THEATRICALS has announced the second show of its 2021-2022 season, featuring the hilarious love letter to musical theater, SOMETHING ROTTEN !, music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick, choreography by Michelle Elkin and staging by Richard Israel. SOMETHING ROTTEN! opens on Friday, February 4, 2022 and […]]]>

5-STAR THEATRICALS has announced the second show of its 2021-2022 season, featuring the hilarious love letter to musical theater, SOMETHING ROTTEN !, music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick, choreography by Michelle Elkin and staging by Richard Israel.

SOMETHING ROTTEN! opens on Friday, February 4, 2022 and will run through Sunday, February 13, 2022 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theater at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center (formerly the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza), 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Never before played at Thousand Oaks, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is the hilarious Broadway hit that tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers desperate to write a hit play. When a local diviner convinces them that the future of theater is song, dance and comedy all at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the very first musical! Shakespeare is the “rock star” of plays and works hard to make sure the brothers fail in their efforts to produce what they call “a musical”.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center box office located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks, or through www.5startheatricals.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. For groups of 10 or more, please call Group Sales, 5-STAR THEATRICALS at (805) 497-8613 x 1.

Ticket prices range from $ 38 to $ 91. For more information on tickets and the theater, call (805) 449-ARTS (2787). SOMETHING ROTTEN! performs exclusively at the Kavli Theater, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.


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Listen to Fleetwood Mac hits at the Merryman Performing Arts Center in Kearney | Recent news https://akademija-art.net/listen-to-fleetwood-mac-hits-at-the-merryman-performing-arts-center-in-kearney-recent-news/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 23:30:00 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/listen-to-fleetwood-mac-hits-at-the-merryman-performing-arts-center-in-kearney-recent-news/ Note for note – with an occasional personal touch – Tusk plays the music of Fleetwood Mac, focusing on the years when Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham joined the group. “They brought a little more pop sensibility to the band,” said Tusk member Kim Williams. The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. on January 6 […]]]>





Note for note – with an occasional personal touch – Tusk plays the music of Fleetwood Mac, focusing on the years when Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham joined the group. “They brought a little more pop sensibility to the band,” said Tusk member Kim Williams. The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. on January 6 at the Merryman Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $ 30.


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KEARNEY – When Kim Williams takes the stage to recreate the music of Fleetwood Mac, she turns to the influence of Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham to help define the sound.

“We tend to stick to the days when Stevie and Lindsay joined the band in the mid-1970s,” Williams said. “We have a part of the show where the guys do their own performance, just the three guys, where they play a Peter Green mix of ‘Oh Well’ and ‘Black Magic Woman’, a song that a lot of people think is a song. by Santana, but it’s a Fleetwood Mac tune.

Performing a concert of Fleetwood Mac music requires careful planning since the band started out as a hard rock and blues quartet with psychedelic influences in London in 1967. A decade later the band, as a quintet, explored the themes pop and found success on commercials. radio with singles like “Go Your Own Way”, “Don’t Stop” and “You Make Loving Fun”.

Williams notes that with the addition of Nicks and Buckingham in 1975, the group changed its tone and direction.

“They brought a little more pop sensibility to the group,” she said. “Vocally, Lindsay and Stevie are quite unique. I think it changed the sound quite a bit when they joined. Between the songwriting and the vocalization, I really think they changed things up a bit.


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Commemorative plans released for former US Senator Harry Reid https://akademija-art.net/commemorative-plans-released-for-former-us-senator-harry-reid/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 13:20:18 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/commemorative-plans-released-for-former-us-senator-harry-reid/ FILE – Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., Speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill after winning the election of his Democratic peers as the new Senate Minority Leader on November 16, 2004, in Washington. Reid, the former Senate Majority Leader and Nevada’s longest-serving congressman, has died. He was 82 years old. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, […]]]>

FILE – Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., Speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill after winning the election of his Democratic peers as the new Senate Minority Leader on November 16, 2004, in Washington. Reid, the former Senate Majority Leader and Nevada’s longest-serving congressman, has died. He was 82 years old. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, file)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A memorial for former US Senator Harry Reid is slated for next Saturday at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.

According to a spokesperson for the late US senator, the memorial will be reserved for guests. Tickets will be distributed through Senator Reid’s office. Ticket information will be published at a later date.

Family, friends and colleagues will be at the memorial which will be broadcast live. The memorial is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 8 at 11 a.m.

Many have taken to social media to express the impact the former US Senate Majority Leader has had on their lives during his tenure in Congress.

In a statement Tuesday, Obama wrote in a letter to the former Senate Majority Leader: “You were a great leader in the Senate, and at first you were more generous to me than I was entitled to.” wait for me. I would not have been President without your encouragement and support, and I would not have achieved most of what I have done without your skills and determination.

Senator Reid passed away on Tuesday, December 28 after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the longest-serving state senator in Nevada history.

He leaves behind a wife and five children.



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Escalating construction costs challenge Gardiner’s Johnson Hall as the new year approaches https://akademija-art.net/escalating-construction-costs-challenge-gardiners-johnson-hall-as-the-new-year-approaches/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 21:50:06 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/escalating-construction-costs-challenge-gardiners-johnson-hall-as-the-new-year-approaches/ A rainy view of the Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center on Water Street in downtown Gardiner on July 9. Joe Phelan / Kennebec Journal dossier KEEP – Earlier this month, the Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center received $ 100,000 in community development block grants that will help pay for the renovations scheduled to begin in […]]]>

A rainy view of the Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center on Water Street in downtown Gardiner on July 9. Joe Phelan / Kennebec Journal dossier

KEEP – Earlier this month, the Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center received $ 100,000 in community development block grants that will help pay for the renovations scheduled to begin in April.

But even if this federal funding brings Johnson Hall closer to its fundraising goal, the impact of inflation from the pandemic is expected to affect the ultimate cost of the project.

Ganneston Construction, the Augusta-based construction manager for the historic opera house renovation project, worked out the expected costs for the project.

“When we originally priced the project it was lower,” said Stacey Morrison, owner and CEO of Ganneston Construction.

Now, said Morrison, his company is developing cost estimates with a built-in contingency.

“Are we seeing numbers going down? Who knows what’s going to happen, honestly? Morrison said.

In 2021, fundraising continued at a sustained pace and 2022 should be the same.

In July, Michael Miclon, executive artistic director of Johnson Hall, announced that construction would begin in April. At the same time, he announced a fundraising matchmaking challenge, thanks to a donation of $ 250,000 from Peter and Sandra Prescott and the EJP team.

This matching goal was met in November, leaving the project as close as possible to meeting its fundraising goal of $ 5.5 million.

In April, Johnson Hall submitted a request to the office of U.S. Representative Jared Golden, D-Maine, for $ 350,000 in federal funds under the Community Projects Funding program, under which each office of Congress can submit requests. federal funding for projects in their districts. as part of the federal budget. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King also included Johnson Hall in their demands.

The amount, intended to fund life and safety projects like a sprinkler system, was increased to $ 411,710 and was passed by the United States House of Representatives as part of its appropriation process. . Since then, an ongoing series of resolutions extending federal government funding has delayed budget decisions. The most recent standing resolution passed interim funding to keep the federal government operating until mid-February, but it does not fund the Community Projects Funding Program.

Other fundraising efforts and donations brought Johnson Hall closer to his goal.

But as Johnson Hall continued to plan his construction project, the global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the production of building materials, the supply chains that bring them to market, and the supply of workers. This is reflected in the construction costs of a wide range of projects, including that of Johnson Hall.

When Johnson Hall launched its fundraising campaign in September 2016, the cost was set at $ 4.3 million, a target that has been revised over the past five years due to rising costs.

In 2019, the Regional Commission for the Northern Frontier granted $ 387,000 for accessibility improvements to the building. Miclon said the community development block grant funds announced earlier this month should cover cost increases to make the theater fully accessible.

Other costs are also changing.

“We are prepared for an increase in material and labor costs that have developed due to COVID-19 and therefore plan to continue fundraising during construction,” Miclon said.

Mike Adams, the Johnson Hall Project Estimator and Project Manager for Ganneston Construction, said the majority of the bids that were submitted with a disclaimer.

“I kind of say in a fun, easy way that the deals are good until the ink dries,” Adams said. “In today’s market, it’s easier to get a firm quote for a job lasting three to six months than for a job that lasts, say, one, two or three years. Entrepreneurs sometimes feel like they’re putting their whole business on the line because they don’t really know where things are going to end up.

In general, steel quotes have been good for about 30 days, he said. Now they are good for about five to seven days.

“When we say we anticipate a contingency, we’ve built a factor into our price that if the steel goes up by the time we actually start a project, we have a built-in escalation for that,” Adams said. . “If it doesn’t and those funds aren’t used, they go back to the owner. “

For Adams, the only other event he saw in his career competing economically with the pandemic was the energy crisis of the 1970s, when the price of energy skyrocketed. At the time, he was working in the field for another contractor.

“It was a pretty wild spectacle to try to get projects going pretty quickly and stay on budget,” he said. “It was similar, but not the magnitude it is now.”


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