WATERVILLE — People’s United Bank recently gave $30,000 to the Waterville Opera House for its An Encore Performance Capital Campaign. This campaign, the first of its kind in the Opera House’s 108-year history, includes major renovations and restoration projects which will enhance the ability to attract more patrons to downtown Waterville.

Since 1902, the opera house has held theater productions on the second floor above municipal offices in Waterville City Hall. Aside from the replacement of orchestra seating more than 25 years ago, this is the first major renovation project the opera house has undertaken. Various improvements include egress expansion, installation of a sprinkler system, electrical wiring updates, and improved accessibility backstage.

Renovations will also include bringing lighting and acoustics to state-of-the-art performance levels and open sight lines for better viewing. The balcony seats, some which date back to 1902, will be replaced with larger, more comfortable seats.

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