The $4.7 million Solvang Festival Theater rebuilding project is well underway as construction crews last week delivered a large crane on-site for the installation of six new custom-fabricated lighting columns.
In addition to replacing the 47-year-old utility poles with new steel lighting columns, planned improvements over the next several months include a complete rebuild of the rear wall and walkway of the theater, increasing the wall height to 14 feet.
Such changes will improve the audience and actor experience by reducing wind and noise, according to Scott Coe, theater executive director.
The project is slated for completion by July.
The Solvang Festival Theater is officially under construction after Theaterfest board members smashed into the theater wall with sledgehammers during a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 13.
In addition to the wall, nearby wood lighting poles will also come down as part of an effort to rebuild essential parts of the Solvang Festival Theater to better ensure a structurally sound and accessible facility with capacity for current technology that will improve the experience for audience members, artists, and students.