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HIGHLAND TOWN THEATRE PROJECT
ARCHITECTS VIE FOR THEATRE
Three Chicago firms are in the running for the Town Theatre renovation/reconstruction project. Selected from a field of more than a dozen firms, the three will be winnowed to one through extensive interviews conducted by the Redevelopment Commission. The candidates bring with them a wealth of experience constructing unique spaces for the arts:
BECOME A MEMBER ...
With work continuing to refurbish
the town’s vintage movie house,
the Theatre Board is looking to the
community to support the project
by becoming a founding member.
Membership levels from $20 to $75 are available. Benefits include:
• Your name in the commemorative
Town Theatre Booklet
acknowledging your support.
• A VIP pass to an exclusive
Preview Event, including a tour of
the newly renovated theatre and
• Your personal invitation to the first
annual corporate meeting of the
• A complimentary decal to show
your support of the Town Theatre.
Refurbishing the Town Theatre began in mid-March when the seats were unbolted from the floor. Eight seats were salvaged and will be retrofitted and put on display. The rest had mold and were too badly damaged to be saved. [ Josh Carlascio photos]
TOWN THEATRE BOARD MEMBERS
Keith Bruxvoort: retired Vice President of Finance, Strack & Van Til; Robin Carlascio: Partner/Owner The Idea Factory, Dunes National Park Association Treasurer; Bridget DeYoung: operations manager ESPH; Dawn Diamantopoulos, independent artist; Dan Dunn: Communications Professor, Purdue Calumet; Michael Griffin: Town of Highland Clerk-Treasurer; Bruce Leep: Chairman Provision Theatre Company, professor at Trinity College; Michael Maloney: Former Highland Redevelopment chairman; Tracy Oprea, PACE registred paralegal, O’Neill McFadden & Willett; Town Council Representatives:Dan Vassar and Bernie Zemen; Legal Team: Rhett Tauber and Carol Green-Fraley.
MORRIS ARCHITECTS PLANNERS: This company specializes in designing performing arts facilities,including the new Steppenwolf Theatre and the Lookingglass Theatre, which is constructed within an existing water pumping station.
BAUER LATOZA STUDIO: These architects restored the New Regal Theatre and provided project management oversight on the Oriental Theatre in Chicago.
WHEELER-KEARNS: Clean lines and modern design that frame residential, commercial and institutional ventures, this firm’s client list includes the Beverly Arts Center, Old Town School of Folk Music and the Chicago Children’s Theatre.
“The architects must explain how they can transform our theatre into what we need it to be,” Redevelopment Director Cecile Petro said. “We know we’re running tight for time. Critical issues need to be resolved before the snow flies.”
MAIN STREET VOLUNTEERS: Are working to increase theatre memberships, recruiting volunteers to assist with theatre operations and researching grant opportunities to reduce the town’s share of the construction and operational costs. Want to volunteer? Call Cecile Petro at (219) 972-7598 or email email@example.com.
TOWN THEATRE BOARD OFFICERS
President Bridget DeYoung
Vice President Dawn Diamantopoulos
Secretary Tracy Oprea
Treasurer Keith Bruxvoort