Updated 08/27/2012 06:46 PM
Proctors restoration project to be finished before upcoming season
The Capital Region Economic Development Council awarded the Proctors Theater a $100,000 grant to restore the ceiling inside the main stage. Our Beth Croughan got a look at the work being done, which will be completed before the start of the upcoming season.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- "This is your world up here, you make sure that this is your world," explained Terry Brackenbury, a foreman for EverGreene Architectural Arts.
Brackenbury stands on scaffolding that puts him to the top of the 60 foot ceiling inside Proctors Theater. He calls Rhode Island home, but came to Schenectady by way of L.A.
"And then we head out to New Orleans next at the end of this week. So we'll be going to New Orleans to work on a theater there," he explained.
He and his wife, Danna, are painters for EverGreene Architectural Arts.
"I think we forget to realize that most people don't get this chance at all," Danna said of being so close to the ceiling.
They're part of a crew tasked with repainting and reguilding the ceiling's decorative design.
"Last summer, the same scaffolding system was on the mirror image side of the balcony as that part of the ceiling was done. And then this summer, I even said that wrong, it was two summers ago," explained Proctors CEO Philip Morris.
This is the third phase of the theater restoration project and Morris said there will likely be at least one more. They still need to paint this ceiling, the balcony and the six boxes on the theater sides.
"I think about Proctors project for the community being as much about pride, as it is about economics, it's about feeling confident and good and," he explained.
The work being done for the past few weeks, Morris said will last about 50 years.
"I guess it's a job well done, you know, you put a lot of time and energy in it," said Danna.
And when the Brackenbury's and their crew are finished, they'll catch their next flight.
"I've got two more states to go," Danna said of where the job has taken her.
But with hopes of seeing Schenectady soon.
"It's a beautiful theater and hopefully soon we'll be able to do the lobby and finish it off and I'd like to come back to do it," said her husband, Terry.