The last several weeks have seen a flurry of activity at the historic Point Theatre in Ingram. A devoted community of artists and volunteers has come together to celebrate the theatre’s 55th summer season. With the help of theatre professionals, committed businesses, and charitable organizations the Hill Country Arts Foundation is working to prepare the Point for a successful future.
Businesses known for their theatre work like Olden Lighting, and Shur-Rig and local businesses like Guadalupe Electric and Olshan Foundations have worked to modernize the theatre’s equipment and facilities with new and improved systems for lights, electricity, and sound, as well as structural improvements and repairs
Local Theatre technician Nick Boland was alos involved in the project. Nick has years of experience in theatre system installation and maintainance both as a manager with Texas Scenic Company and as the current technical director at the Cailloux Theater.
The changes and improvements are wide spread and large scale. Much of the outdoor lighting and sound equipment has been upgraded or repaired to better function in an outdoor setting. This will improve the precision, clarity, and longevity and guarantee a better theatrical experience for the public. Likewise, it will help guarantee a higher level of safely for all involved including the actors, technicians, volunteers and students who make the Point Theatre a huge part of their lives.
One very big project involves upgrades to the Elizabeth Huth Coates Indoor Theatre. Along with new and more comfortable seating and risers, the little space that started as a roller rink almost a century ago will have theatre systems independent of the big outdoor theatre as well as improved insulation and a cosmetic overhaul. This means that the indoor space can run shows at the same time as the larger outdoor theatre, allowing for more shows, series, and programs than ever before. And all of these shows can now be presented in a more attractive and audience friendly venue.
Much of this work is made possible by charitable contributions from groups like The Coates Foundation and Kerrville’s Peterson Foundation.
All of the work is being overseen by HCAF’s board of directors through a committee that includes volunteer leaders: Sonny Payne, Brenda Harrison, Stephen Schmerbeck and Teak Elmore.
In the middle of the work and all the people involved is HCAF’s new Executive Director Katherine Schaafs who speaks with excited enthusiasm as she prepares for her first summer season.
“I am really proud of the team we put together to make this possible for the community” she explains. “It is a great example of what can happen when a talented and enthusiastic group of people work together for a common purpose.”
When asked to further explain the experience, Ms. Schaafs turned to one of her favorite quotes from Margaret Mead, who said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”