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June 08, 2015 : Wagner Theatre Sound Renovation Underway



Lancaster – Renovation work is starting in the Wagner Theatre at Ohio University Lancaster.  Employees at LIVE’ Technologies are working on the first phase of the project by focusing on sound system improvements that included removing speakers from the ceiling last week.
“We removed the speakers that were mounted in the ceiling because they were blown,” said LIVE’ Technologies Lead Technician Steve Keeled. “We will repair those speakers, as well as upgrade the audio system by hanging new speakers and running new wiring. We will be tweaking the sound system design while adding digital gear.”
About $180,000 dollars has been raised for renovations to the theatre. The Wagner Theatre Improvement Fundraising Campaign started last summer with a goal of raising $250,000.  The money raised will be used to fix sound issues in the theatre, as well as add new lighting and make many aesthetic improvements.
The Martens Trust has given to the Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign, which was also recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the South Central Power Foundation. In addition to the support of companies such as South Central Power, Fairfield National Bank, Standing Stone Bank and Fairfield Federal, OUL has received contributions from community partners such as Dean and Cathie DeRolph with Lancaster Arts and Civic Club and the Lancaster Men’s Chorus
The theatre was built in the 1960’s and much of the equipment no longer meets industry standards.  With the improved facilities, the theatre program will have better equipment to enhance productions as well as be equipped to host more visiting artists and performers and to serve as a venue for lectures by nationally-known speakers.
“We will be finished with the sound work before the summer production of “West Side Story” gets underway,” said Kneeled. “Those who attend should notice a significant improvement in the sound during the production.”  Following the July 26 start of West Side Story, further enhancements to the sound will be made when acoustical panels are installed.  That work needs to be coordinated with other plans for renovation that will occur later in the year.
For more information about how you can contribute to the Wagner Theatre Improvement Campaign please contact the Campus at, 740-654-6711 extension 202.