president Lisa McNamee said. “We took out the floors and
got it down to the original terrazzo and took out the carpet
in the auditorium. We removed all 120 seats, moved the
front row back so it’s away from the stage and extended the
spacing between rows to 6 feet so everyone can move in and
out comfortably. We painted everything inside and out, put
sound baffles in the auditorium and changed the air filters
in all 11 air conditioners to make sure the building was clean
“With a matching grant from the cultural council, we were
able to reconfigure the administrative space making the lobby
larger, the box office smaller, and adding two offices out of a
storeroom,” she continued. “We also installed mirrors and a
dance floor in the rehearsal room, updated the bathrooms and
made the campus ADA compliant. By the time we reopened
in November 2020, we had a shiny, healthy new campus.”
ACTING CLASSES PLANNED
The guild has instituted some new programs including acting
classes taught by Michael D. Naffziger, a Tony-nominated
theater educator and director. January classes will cover the
fundamentals of auditioning and provide the tools to walk
into an audition with a new level of confidence. Classes are
held on Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Participants can take one or all
of the classes. Class size is limited to 25 people and cost is $20
“We’ve rented out our facility to St. Anastasia School for
their students to utilize once a week for classes and rehearsals
and to perform their show on stage,” McNamee said. “We’ll
be presenting a program called Unsung Heroes in February,
which will talk about the police and sheriffs as friends. We >>
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Last year’s performance of The
Case of The Crushed Petunias
was a poignant drama about
life. This year’s schedule is
packed with more of the same
VERO BEACH THEATRE GUILD