Performing Arts Center to open on Main

The bare walls and torn-out ceiling tiles seem depressing, but Terri Schafer couldn’t be more excited.

All she sees when she looks at the emptiness of the downtown Grand Junction building is an opportunity to bring consistent theater productions back to Main Street.

By the end of March, Schafer is scheduled to open the Performing Arts Center of the Grand Valley at 448 Main St., the former home of the Plaid Rabbit and, most recently, the offices of the Mesa County Democratic Party.

The center will be the new offices for Schafer’s private voice, piano and acting classes as well as the location of a small theater — the stage is already built —  for Schafer’s two theater groups: Showtime Productions, a youth theater project, and Grand Valley Community Theater, a nonprofit, all-ages, theater group.

She said she plans to open the theater space to other small groups that would like to use the venue for recitals or concerts.

Schafer signed a two-year lease for the Main Street location, and in March she will vacate her existing office space at Showtime Productions, 2148 Broadway, on the Redlands.

“I love downtown Grand Junction,” Schafer said. “Everything is just kind of falling into place.”

The street construction of the Downtown Uplift project outside Schafer’s new front door is scheduled to last until June, but it won’t be a deterrent to opening on March 31 with a Grand Valley Community Theater production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

The temporary inconvenience of the Downtown Uplift will be worth it because a renovated downtown area will enhance Main Street businesses, Schafer said.

She will hold casting calls at a future time for upcoming Grand Valley Community Theater productions of “Grease” and “Hairspray.”

“We are generating a ton of new interest,” Schafer said of Grand Valley Community Theater. “I think people are hungry (for live theater).”

Grand Valley Community Theater is doing a fundraising drive to help offset construction expenses for the new location. Donations are tax-deductible.

For information, call Schafer at 263-4152.


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