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Lumberyard celebrates grand opening of new performing arts center

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    Courtesy of Lumberyard Performing Arts Center An exterior shot of the Lumberyard Performing Arts Center in Catskill.
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    Logan Weiss/Columbia-Greene Media The Lumberyard sign above the door welcomes audiences.
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    Courtesy of Lumberyard Performing Arts Center One of the open studios available for rent.
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    Logan Weiss/Columbia-Greene Media A photo of the groundbreaking of the new Lumberyard Performing Arts Center.
September 2, 2018 12:15 am

CATSKILL - Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts Center is celebrating its grand opening this Saturday in Catskill.

“We are expecting about 850 people to be in the town of Catskill this weekend,” said Adrienne Willis, Lumberyard’s artistic and executive director. “Especially for Labor Day weekend, that is really great.”

The box offce was scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m., Willis said, allowing guests to congregate before the doors opened at 5:30 p.m. The evening was hosted by Scottish actor Alan Cumming.

Cumming’s credits include “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” “GoldenEye,” “X-Men” and the CBS police drama “Instinct.”

The event was the grand unveiling of the new state-of-the-art performing arts center. At 6:30, there was a performance by Tony Award-winning choreographer and tap dancer Savion Glover, featuring critically-accclaimed drummer Marcus Gilmore.

The performing arts center can fit 450 people seated and up to 600 standing, according to a statement from the organization.

“This area can really be used for any purpose,” said Willis, “We are able to move stands, chairs or anything around to fit whatever need.”

The arts center includes black sound-proofing curtains with a tall ceiling and lighting fixtures, Willis said. The area can be replicated to resemble several New York City stages if need be, and is more than 7,000 square feet. There are also 13 rooms and bedrooms available for artists or guests who are renting out space at the center.

Lumberyard will be hosting several community initiatives in the future. The Fresh Start program is an initiative for the Hudson Correctional Facility, an arts education intervention that will help youth at the correctional facility develop creative ways of self-expression, according to a statement from Lumberyard.

A second program, called the Junior Crew, is a partnership with Columbia-Greene Workforce NY to enable local students and youth to earn a summer wage as ushers or box office assistants. Four students from the Catskill area are already involved in the program, and they participated in the grand unveiling Saturday.

Lumberyard will also offer an open-air studio that can be rented for TV or film production, performances and weddings. Proceeds will be cycyled back into the performing arts center, Willis said.

Performances and shows have already been scheduled for this fall and winter. Tickets and information about specific shows can be found at www.lumberyard.org.