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Albany theater group makes repairs after storm destroys set on opening night
Albany theater group makes repairs after storm destroys set on opening night

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Heavy rain and thunderstorms swept through Washington Park and the Park Playhouse on Thursday. The stormy weather damaged the set of The Marvelous Wonderettes, forcing the Park Playhouse’s opening night to be postponed until Friday.

The Park Playhouse crew worked feverishly to repair the set for Friday. The left side of the front of the stage was ripped off by the wind.


Dennis Strainge, Park Playhouse production and operations manager, said he and his crew are committed to putting the set back together for Friday’s performance.

“We’re pretty confident we can get it all done,” he said. “We’ll fix a few things and put everything back in its place. With a fresh coat of paint and a little scenic magic, hopefully no one will notice any different.”

The storm was just another obstacle they had to overcome to put on the show despite the heat. But Strainge said all the work it took to put the set back together was worth it.

“It’s really important that we have a place where we can come and still laugh and have fun,” he said. “I think that remains the most important part of what we do. The shows are obviously the most valuable part of what we do,” he said.

The Park Playhouse is run entirely by donations and is a free resource for the people of the Capital Region.

The storm was just another obstacle, along with the heat, that they had to overcome in preparing for the show. But Strainge said all the work it took to get the set back together was worth it.

“It’s really important that we have a place where we can come and still laugh and have fun,” he said. “I think that remains the most important part of what we do; the shows are obviously the most valuable part of what we do,” he said.

The Park Playhouse is run entirely by donations and is a free resource for the people of the Capital Region.

The Marvelous Wonderettes performs at Washington Park through July 14.

By Everly