Tigard's Broadway Rose Theatre Co. has announced a $3 million expansion planned to open by the fall of 2020.
On Monday, Aug. 5, the musical theater group outlined its plans to the public, stating the need for a new studio space, an on-site costume shop and expanded scenic shop, as well as administrative offices for its growing staff.
The company today employs over 250 full-time, part-time and seasonal staff — artists, technicians and educators — with additional support from over 325 volunteers annually.
Other improvements in the plan include elevator access to the second floor and an audio-visual system to facilitate events and community use.
"What excites me is the efficiency of which we'll be able to run with everything under one roof," said Dan Murphy, Broadway Rose's managing director.
Recently, the company signed a 30-year lease with the Tigard-Tualatin School District. Its current space, called the New Stage, was renovated from the C.F. Tigard Elementary School's former cafetorium in 2008.
This past season, Broadway Rose sold about 52,000 tickets, a feat that is a testament for its need to support future growth, said development director deShauna Jones.
Expected to wrap up in October 2020, the construction will not disrupt any shows or programs, Murphy said.
"We have pushed the shows on each sides of the summer, so we have as much time here as we can to do it, so there will be no disruption and the shows run as long as they normally do," he said.
Broadway Rose staff began thinking about expansion in 2017, and a year later, a design team began planning what the space would look like.
About $1 million was set aside in a cash reserve for the project, and many past donors pledged to contribute, leaving about $1.4 million left to raise, according to Broadway Rose's website.
"We wanted to make sure we had all our ducks in a row before we went public with it," Murphy said. "So this has been a two-year process."
The theater and box office will not be touched, but the shop area will be twice the size it is, with an addition of a studio space for rehearsals, camps, workshops and special events.
"This is going to make us more accessible to civic and community organizations in an area that rely on us for space," Jones said.
Among those organizations are the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, which meets at Broadway Rose several times a year, and the Tigard-Tualatin School District, which also uses the space for regular meetings.
"It gives us a way to increase our cultural and community connectiveness," Jones said. "It allows us an opportunity to meet with our longtime supporters and realize we have a really stable group of them that has supported us for over 20 years, and they are engaging with us in a new and exciting way."
The expansion is also seen as a way to hold more programming for children, she said.
"We had a teen camp this year for 40 kids, and we had 40 kids on the waiting list," Jones said. "This will give us ways to have new opportunities for those kids, and we are trying to generate a new generation of theater lovers."
For more information on the capital campaign to expand Broadway Rose, visit broadwayrose.org/campaign..
By Janae Easlon
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