First peformance at the Lebowsky Center after the fire held at the Mayor’s Gala
OWOSSO, MI — The Mayor’s Gala Friday night at the Lebowsky Center to celebrate the enclosing of the fire gutted theater with new walls and roofs was well attended as attendees saw the progress of rebuilding. The theater was gutted by fire on February 13, 2007 and has been exposed to the weather until now. The lobby suffered extensive damage from the elements, but I found one section of mural under the balcony which survived both the fire and the weather. Chairs were brought over from the Owosso Community Players' adjacent Studio Theatre. The evening saw the debut of the OCP’s latest fundraiser to help pay for the theater’s restoration: “Take A Seat.” Plans call for the restored theater to have a larger lobby which means seating capacity would be reduced. They plan on installing 550 seats. The new fundraiser is for a donation of $1,000 to adopt a seat. Adopted seats would have a copper plate on the seat with the name of the donor or who the seat is dedicated to. After the speeches on stage, the first performance was held since the fire by the University of Michigan’s a capella vocal group The Friars.