Woodland Productions has been awarded a $27,211 Community Strategies Grant from Inland Northwest Community Foundation to continue the Theatre rejuvenation process that began last summer.
Working from the inside out, Woodlands rebuilt the stage last summer with the support of the Colville Vinson Fund and the volunteer work of Woodland members coordinated by Sean Taboloff. The newly refurbished stage finally brought the Haran Irish Dancers back last fall to perform in Kettle Falls on a smooth resonant surface and allowed for easy movement of set pieces during the Spring Addams Family performances.
This summer, the Community Strategies Grant will allow three heating and cooling systems to be installed by Norstar Heating and Cooling, along with wiring upgrades by Floener Electric, and insulation upgrades all coordinated by Gordie King Construction.
With these improvements Woodland Theatre will finally be able to include a summer season starting in 2017, with both performers and audience enjoying comfortable temperatures.
Next it will be time for exterior theatre improvements. For the summer of 2017, plans include upgrades to the front façade, interpretive and informational signage and preparation for work on the back exterior the following summer, pending another recent WA State Heritage Capital Projects grant application.
Thanks to Friends of Woodlands, Major Donors, and the matching funds they have provided for grant applications, the Woodland Productions Capital Campaign will put the 75-year-old Woodland Theatre in position to provide performance and entertainment opportunities to future generations of NE Washington communities. To join in this effort, contributions can be mailed to Woodland Productions, PO Box 524, Colville, WA 99114.
-Submitted by Woodland