Raise the Roof
And the curtain rises on Town’s newest production—
Let’s travel back in time to December of 2011 when we discovered that the aging roof over
the auditorium and lobby needed to be replaced. The hue and cry resounded from these
hallowed walls - “We need money!” And, what to our wondering eyes should appear but a
bevy of folk dedicated to answering the call. First to respond was volunteer extraordinaire
Frank L. Thompson III. You have witnessed his talents onstage as well as directorially but
“you ain’t seen nothing yet” until you have seen him in action as a fundraiser. His first idea
was the wall of plaques to “raise the roof by building a wall” and, as of this printing, 36
plaques adorn the entrance to the auditorium, accounting for $9,000 toward the cause.
And then Frank created the Late Night Series which included the Cocoa vs. Craft Dance-
Off, the King and Queen Diva of Town Theatre Pageant and the Election Special to choose
the President and Vice-President of the Town Theatre Bucket Brigade. These three events
alone raised more than $5,000 toward putting those shingles down.
The need for funds reached the Richland County
Conservation Commission whose $35,000 grant
propelled us toward achieving our goal.
Additional contributions were made and the
names of those individuals will be included
on a plaque which will hang with the wall of
plaques at the entrance to the auditorium. GM
Associates, Inc. and Tom Monaham of our Board
provided project management and assistance
and Floyd Abrams Roofing Consultants prepared
the bid packages and oversight of the work as it
progressed. Funds from the Burrell Sanders Trust
contributed significantly to the monies needed
for the roof. The Trust funds also allowed the
theatre to construct new exit stairs with rails
outside of two of the doors leading from the
And so, on November 26, 2012, the roofing
process began. We would be remiss if we did
not thank our gracious neighbors, NBSC, who
allowed us to utilize a portion of their parking lot
to house the construction materials and trailer.
The work began….and now it’s done!
And so, as we close the time line on these projects, visions of other things “dance in our
heads” – refurbishing the bathrooms, “surround sound” for the auditorium, and on and
on. We would love to add more plaques to our walls – we promise we will find the space.
The Razoo button will remain on our home page for any and all donations. Remember, we
are a 501©3 and these monies are totally tax deductible.
Click here to help "Build a Wall" of playbill plaques