Priscilla Beach Theatre barn restored and ready for a show

PBT owner Bob Malone stands on the roof of the barn.

PBT owner Bob Malone stands on the roof of the barn.

The barn at Priscilla Beach Theatre, closed for 13 years, is ready to greet actors and audiences once again.

The building has undergone a major renovation and will open with the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” on July 10.

The restoration is a multi-million dollar project which has been privately funded, according to PBT spokesman Barbara Baumgarten. Work began in the the fall, a good thing since it protected the building from the record-breaking winter, according to PBT owner Bob Malone. Had work not begun then, he said, the building couldn’t have been saved.

Theater goers can see what of the building has been restored and what has to be replaced.

Theater goers can see what of the building has been restored and what had to be replaced.

Much of the original building has been kept. Theatergoers will be able to see the new wood contrast with what was already there. Other material has been saved but repurposed. Brand new seats, theatrical lighting and curtains have been installed, along with a powerful projector that can shoot backgrounds and other images for productions. There are also new bathrooms for the public and a dressing room for the actors.

New bathrooms have been added. In the past, theatergoers had to compete for two toilets.

New bathrooms have been added. In the past, theatergoers had to compete for two toilets.

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