Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
October 23, 2008
`We're not the Wang'
Author: Richard Duckett
Construction on the $15 million Cultural Center at Eagle Hill was completed in September. The venue comprises a 450-seat proscenium theater, a versatile 80-seat studio theater, recording studio, woodshop, and classrooms for music and art, plus a 500-seat dining hall.
The center's first season of programming includes Tom Rush, Northern Lights, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra, the classical group The Auryn Quartet, and the Irish group Solas. The center will also be the new home of the community theater troupe the Gilbert Players, which will present Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" later in November. Gallery zones throughout the facility exhibit the artwork of local and national artists. The first show, "Plausibly Defined," an exhibition of paintings by Karena Jayne Ness, will be on display for the Nov. 1 gala and will officially open Nov. 8.
Sean Hunley, director of the Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, said the opening of the venue calls for a big party.
"This is something to celebrate: the opening of a whole season of wonderful performing arts events, close by, affordable, and accessible, all at a state-of-the-art venue that Central Massachusetts can call its own," he said.
Hunley noted that the $30 price for a Nov. 1 ticket - which includes the reception and the show - reflects the center's commitment to affordability. The venue is keeping ticket prices well within reach and below what people would expect to pay for comparable events at comparable venues, he said.
"We're not the Wang Center - we're something different.
"We're regionally based in the heart of rural Central Massachusetts - people can find us, they can park right here, and, we hope, they can come often instead of just once in a great while as a special treat."
CUTLINE: The 450-seat proscenium theater at the new Cultural Center at Eagle Hill in Hardwick.
In addition to theater space, The Cultural Center at Eagle Hill includes classrooms for music and art and a recording studio.
PHOTO The 450-seat proscenium theater at the new Cultural Center at Eagle Hill
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