Bag&Baggage Productions Begins Construction on New Downtown Theatre
The last few months have been a bit hectic for Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro’s resident professional theatre! With the potential of a sale of The Venetian Theatre, B&B had to move a show to the Hillsboro Public Library and cancel their final planned production of the season, Noises Off. With the generous support of audiences and donors, B&B is weathering this particular storm and is preparing for the opening of their new home on the corner of 4th and Main in downtown. The $1.4 million refurbishment project has been underway for the past three months with construction on the interior of the building moving along at a quick pace; the interior framing has been completed, along with major upgrades to the electrical systems and plumbing, and contractors project completion of the “bricks and mortar” construction in early June of 2017. Within just a few weeks after that, B&B will begin to install the wide range of theatrical lighting, sound systems, and projectors – all with a view towards opening the building to the public for B&B’s first show of the 17/18 Season in early September of 2017. As of March 14, 2017, B&B has raised over $1,350,000 of their goal, putting the company on track and ahead of schedule. More information can be found online at bagnbaggage.org.