Bath arts center to showcase improvements

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BATH — New lighting and better sound are all part of the Chocolate Church Arts Center’s “Tech Open House” on Thursday, Sept. 22.

The 5:30-7 p.m. event will showcase improvements made to the 804 Washington St. center.

“During the summer we have been busy preparing for our upcoming 2016-17 performance season and an important part of that has been upgrading the lighting system and enhancing the sound capability,” according to Jennifer DeChant, the center’s executive director. “We received several donations to assist with these important changes.”

Along with the upgrades, the 35-year-old cyclorama has been replaced. A cyclorama projects a circular image of a 360-degree scene that covers the back stage. It is used for light projection and sound absorption, and is incorporated into the set design, DeChant said.

In fundraising for the work, the center approached Bath Savings Institution, which agreed to match donations, DeChant said, noting that the center raised $1,000 for the cyclorama, which in turn triggered anonymous donations toward the sound and light improvements.

The project will comprise $10,000 in labor and equipment, and the next fundraising phase will include added production improvements that involve audio visual equipment, according to DeChant.

“These improvements will combine to heighten the entertainment experience for upcoming musical performance and stage productions,” DeChant said. “Plus we are adding the ability to project images onto the stage for visual effect.”

The open house begins with a brief reception in the art gallery, then proceeds to the main stage for a demonstration. While the event is open to the public, RSVPs are requested by calling 442-8455 or emailing info@chocolatechurcharts.org. Light refreshments will be available.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Tech Open House, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, will showcase sound and lighting improvements to the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.