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Gamut Theatre moving forward with $706K renovation

Harrisburg’s Gamut Theatre is planning renovations this spring and summer that will add a second stage and expand educational spaces.

The nonprofit theater’s board of directors voted recently at its annual meeting to move forward with the $706,000 construction project, known as the Gamut Theatre Education Center.

Gamut Theatre is located on North Fourth Street, at the site of the former First Church of God. The organization moved into the building in 2015 after leaving its home in nearby Strawberry Square.

The education center project will include construction of the Alexander Grass Second Stage, two renovated classrooms and areas for students to learn about costume construction, scenery design, sound and lighting, among other things.

The new stage will be the permanent home for the Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre, as well as the Stage Door Series Ensemble and the Gamut Theatre Academy.

Funding for the project has been secured through a mix of fundraising efforts, officials said. Gamut received foundation grants totaling $400,000, including $250,000 from Impact Harrisburg, a nonprofit created in 2014 to help steer Harrisburg’s recovery from near-bankruptcy through grants for economic development and community projects.   

Nearly $220,000 for the renovation has come from corporate and individual giving over the last two years. A public fundraising campaign was launched March 1 to raise the remaining funds for the project.

The education center will occupy about 10,000 square feet of the 22,000-square-foot building.

Harrisburg-based Pyramid Construction Services Inc. is handling the construction.

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