Gamut Theatre opening newly renovated Harrisburg center

Harrisburg’s Gamut Theatre Group will unveil its newly renovated center on Monday.

Located at 15 N. Fourth St. in downtown Harrisburg, the nonprofit theater was under construction this spring and summer so a second stage and new educational spaces could be added. A grand opening event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday.

The construction project, which created the Gamut Theatre Education Center, impacted about 10,000 square feet of the 22,000-square-foot building. Gamut moved into the building in 2015 after leaving its home in nearby Strawberry Square.

The new education center features 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 Grass stage will be a permanent home for the Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre, as well as the Stage Door Series Ensemble and the Gamut Theatre Academy. The inaugural production on the new stage will be “Choose Your Own Play: Hijacked!” It will run Aug. 9 to Aug. 19.

“Gamut will finally be able to expand its programming to meet the demands of the community and provide more educational offerings,” said Melissa Nicholson, the organization’s executive director. “Additionally, the space will be available to rent as an affordable alternative to the larger downtown presentation venues.”

Funding for the project was secured through a mix of fundraising efforts, officials said in March. 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 came from corporations and individuals over the last two years. A public fundraising campaign was launched March 1 to raise the remaining $88,000 of funds needed for the project.

Harrisburg-based Pyramid Construction Services Inc. handled the construction.

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