THETFORD – Thanks to a generous grant and the tireless dedication of local musician Kevin Quigley, the town of Thetford, VT has just opened a new performing arts stairwell that will provide both rehearsal and performance space for local music and theater groups. Quigley, a Vermont composer and the director of the Thetford Chamber Singers, was beaming as he cut the ribbon on the stairwell which was purchased second-hand from a condemned middle school and then renovated with modern acoustic technology.
“First of all, I’m thrilled to be giving something back to the town of Thetford,” Quigley said after the ceremony. “They’ve been so generous to all of us, supporting the mission of our group for decades. And while we love singing in local churches, it’s going to be really nice to have our own space.”
Some attendees at the grand opening, several of whom had wandered over by accident on their lunch breaks, questioned the stairwell aspect of the project, but Quigley spoke at length about the unique possibilities a performing arts stairwell brings to the area.
“Well, first of all,” laughed Quigley, “have you heard the acoustics in there? Imagine singing in the shower, but way bigger, and better. It’s going to be fantastic. For theater, I think the way a vertical space will create new innovation is wildly exciting, but this is absolutely something we’re going to have to get used to. I just want you all to know that we’ve put a lot of thought into the design of the Thetford PAS. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the seven chakras of the body? But I’ve set the place up, from root to crown, so that everything happening in the different parts of the stairwell lines up with the corresponding chakra. For instance the fifth level, which lines up with the throat chakra, will be where the singers rehearse and perform, and the audience will be seated above them in the third eye chakra, which I think is going to blow their minds on a spiritual level. So maybe we’re going to blow their souls?”
For those wishing to have their souls blown, the Thetford Performing Arts Stairwell is open now for the remainder of the 2017-2018 season.