WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A theater on North Carolina's coast is almost ready for another debut.
The StarNews of Wilmington reported that the grand opening gala for the renovated Thalian Hall theater is scheduled May 14-15. The theater originally opened in 1858 and has been closed since September so its main stage could be renovated in a $3.6 million project.
The renovation includes a hydraulic orchestra pit lift, the excavation for which sparked headlines in December when human bones were found, possibly from a 17th-century graveyard.
In its fully raised position, the pit lift is a stage extension. It can also be used to create a level between the stage and the floor.
The theater was last renovated in 1990.
Information from: The StarNews
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