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The custom-made columns, which replaced a set of 47-year-old wooden utility poles, each weigh in at more than 12,000 pounds and rise more than 50 feet above the theater.
While in the throes of a 10-month rebuild project at Solvang Festival Theater, Solvang Theaterfest has planned a series of live pop-up concerts in varying locations throughout the Santa Ynez Valley beginning Friday, Dec. 3.
The planned improvements include replacing the 47-year-old utility poles with new steel lighting columns, and completely rebuilding the rear wall and walkway of the theater, thereby increasing the wall height to 14 feet.
The Solvang Festival Theater is officially under construction after Theaterfest board members smashed into the theater wall with sledgehammers during a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 13.
In addition to the wall, nearby wood lighting poles will also come down as part of an effort to rebuild essential parts of the Solvang Festival Theater to better ensure a structurally sound and accessible facility with capacity for current technology that will improve the experience for audience members, artists, and students.
The Solvang Theaterfest has appointed local residents David Silva and Kelly Barbieri Reaves to serve on its board of directors.
The mural was designed by local artists Suzi Matthies and Barbara Young as a gesture of appreciation to those donors who have supported the ongoing “Imagine – Building the Future” capital campaign. It will be on display at the theater until the groundbreaking in September.
The first of 7 shows kicks off June 20, featuring group SitaraSon.
Solvang Theaterfest welcomes fourth-generation Santa Ynez Valley native Erica Jane Flores to the board of directors.
To date, the campaign has reached 59% of its fundraising goal to address aging infrastructure, and improve accessibility, technical capability and audience amenities, a Theaterfest spokesman said. Find out more online.