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A top pick for March's First Thursday was the opportunity to peek into the old Victoria Street Theater and see plans for its renovation by the Ensemble Theater Company.
If you're like me, you grew up seeing quirky firms at the Vic, like the Festival of Animations (Wizard of Speed and Time, anyone?) or those all weekend marathons of Monty Python films. A chance to get into the old building for a last moment of nostalgia was key. But seeing the plans for the new Vic turned out to be pretty cool, as well.
The old seating arrangement is going away, but not the number of seats (always hovering just around 300 seats). The upper gallery is going away in the sense that the audience won't be split between two floors, but it'll become one continuous ascending floor, a bit like an amphitheater.
Groundbreaking expected this summer!
Here's Ensemble's information about the Victoria St. project on their website, including renderings. Check out the one of the interior view to see the sloping floorplan. It'll double the capacity of Ensemble's current space, but like I said, retain the same number of seats that the old Vic had. Very cool.