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Follow the progress of our Capital Campaign Renovation Project …

From the Managing Director

We will post periodic updates on the renovation project on this page …

January 25, 2018

Work continues this week at the Playhouse. The December snow slowed things down a bit but
crews are at work inside. The old projection booth was removed today and the team will be removing the old balcony floor in order to build new, level platforms for seating. Keep checking back for updates and photos!

December 1, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of many we have exceeded our $3.6M fundraising goal. We have raised $3,700,000 to renovate the Playhouse! The project is underway with plans to complete in Summer 2018.

After more than 3.5 years of planning and a capital campaign, we have begun work to save our community playhouse. (Follow the link to see photos of the work). We know many of you have had the chance to see the renovation/addition plans at the Playhouse this past summer and they are currently on display at Whitehall City Hall. A summary of the plans folllows.

In order to provide year-round programming, improve safety and become code compliant, the project includes new HVAC, plumbing, electrical, theater systems (drapes, lights, sound) as well as a 5,000 sq ft addition to the south. The original facade will be visible through the expanded glassed-in lobby; great care is being taken to restore, as best we can, the look of the 1916 entrance with the original doors. A new box office, concessions, and restrooms, as well as handicap access to the stage, will be included in the addition. A green room/rehearsal space can be used for classes and community gatherings. Adequate backstage dressing rooms and restrooms are included. A new, paved parking lot will provide safe access for patrons with mobility challenges as well as more onsite parking.

If you are still interested in supporting our capital improvements, you may do so at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County website; be sure to select the Howmet Playhouse Capital Non-Endowed Fund. If you prefer you can send a check to us directly at 405 E Colby, Whitehall, Michigan 49461. IRA disbursements, stock transfers, cash, check or credit cards are accepted.

Over 100 years ago, the people of this community had a dream that now resides at the corner of Mears and Slocum. They said "Yes" and we are forever grateful that they did. We thank our donors and supporters for continuing to believe it's worth saving. Should you have any questions, please contact me using this website or call me at (231) 894-4048. I will be glad to walk you through the plans and answer your questions!

Beth Beaman
Managing Director

Learn more about Our Capital Campaign for the Future

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