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Germantown Community Theatre capital improvement project to begin this summer

Germantown Community Theatre hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning to announce the official start of the $1.5 million capital improvement campaign. ABOVE: Attending the event, from left, Dr. Michael D. Miles, Tony Salvaggio, Charles Salvaggio, Michael Walker, Mark Billingsley, Alderman Rocky Janda and Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo.
Germantown Community Theatre hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning to announce the official start of the $1.5 million capital improvement campaign. ABOVE: Attending the event, from left, Dr. Michael D. Miles, Tony Salvaggio, Charles Salvaggio, Michael Walker, Mark Billingsley, Alderman Rocky Janda and Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo.

Germantown Community Theatre hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning to announce the official start of the $1.5 million capital improvement campaign. ABOVE: Attending the event, from left, Dr. Michael D. Miles, Tony Salvaggio, Charles Salvaggio, Michael Walker, Mark Billingsley, Alderman Rocky Janda and Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo.

Germantown Community Theatre hosted a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday morning to announce the official beginning of their $1.5 million capital campaign — Build, Grow, Expand. Special attendees included Mayor Mike Palazzolo and the theatre’s Board of Directors.

The focus of the campaign is to raise funds for a major expansion and facility improvement project that will increase the overall patron and volunteer experience.

Construction will commence this summer. Once complete, ticketholders will enter the theatre via a widened reception area, complete with accessible bathrooms and new concession counter.

Theatre artists and volunteers will enjoy a brand new scene shop, dressing area, green room and privatebathrooms.

In addition to improving the current theatre space, a second building will be constructed where the Bonnie Robinson Rehearsal Hall currently stands.

This two-story expansion will add 5,900 square feet to the existing footprint and contain space for receptions (complete with kitchen), classes, rehearsals and offices.

GCT expects the added classroom space will allow for increased educational offerings. The campaign will make GCT a physical representation of the existing operational gem that is Germantown’s community theatre. In addition, the project will help create more efficient systems to decrease operational costs and make GCT more nimble, green and environmentally friendly.

“Our city is poised to be an equity partner with regards to GCT’s capital campaign,” Palazzolo said.

Gifts and pledges for the capital campaign project will be accepted between 2016-18 via mail at 3037 Forest Hill-Irene, Germantown, TN 38138, over the phone at 453-7447, or online at gctcomeplay.org/donate.