Performance of Oliver! at Cottage Theatre.

COTTAGE GROVE – Cottage Theatre is beginning construction on its ACT III remodeling project, an effort that has been 10 years in the making. The remodel will add 50 seats to the theatre’s auditorium and make a variety of safety and technical upgrades to enhance audience and participant enjoyment at the 39-year-old community theatre.

Design for the project is being handled by GMA Architects of Eugene, and Ordell Construction will serve as general contractor.

“This project was conceived following years of capacity crowds and multiple sold-out performances,” said Susan Goes, Theatre executive director. “At the same time, our old seats had passed the end of their useful lifespan and some chronically underfunded portions of our budget provided a strong incentive to look for a way to grow revenues. Adding more seats emerged as the most practical way to accomplish this.”

To make room for 50 more audience members, the theatre will “re-rake” the auditorium by adding concrete on top of the existing levels to make a steeper slope. The far-side seating sections will be eliminated and more rows added to the center three sections. “One of the things we’re most excited about is the improved view from every seat post-remodel,” Goes said. 

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