Carriage House Players desperately needs your help! As with other Non-profits and businesses, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected our typical revenue streams. We have been forced to place our plans of renovating our future home on hold. CHP has not been successful in finding assistance through COVID relief funds. We have also been severly affected monetarily by canceling of drama camp, productions, fundraisers and reduced seating capacity at our shows.
Continue reading to find out more information about the history of the organization and the building that we plan to make our future home.
On Wednesday, October 31, Carriage House Players officially signed the papers closing on the property located at 301 East Market Street in downtown Fayetteville with the intentions of renovating the facility to an Event Center/Theater.
CHP has tenative floor plans designed for renovations to the property that will be called "The Carriage House." The facility will serve as the organization's home office, rehearsal hall, set construction workshop, costume closet, prop room, ticket office, and theater. The theater, which will include 20,344 square feet, will comfortably seat approximately 180 people in a tiered floor plan for optimal viewing of the stage, according to the plans. The event center will accommodate close to 200 people and include a kitchen suitable for catered events.“
The building will be renovated in phases. Phase I will be the lobby and event center area. This space will be available for anyone in the community to rent for weddings, reunions, and parties. The area will offer a nice open floor space for around 20 tables, large restrooms, a 14 by 16 foot kitchen, a visually appealing staircase, and ample parking.
Beginning its 34th season, Carriage House Players is the oldest performing arts organization in Lincoln County. It has been blessed with a group of faithful followers who continue to expand to our neighbors in Giles, Lawrence, and Moore counties in Tennessee and to our friends in North Alabama. During normal times, our organization produces four shows, ranging from comedies to mysteries, and from dramas to musicals. In addition, our vocal group, Voices of Carriage House also performs two shows yearly, including an annual Christmas show. The focus turns to area youth each June as the group offers two weeks of drama camp, teaching them stage craft and the technical aspects of theater. The organization is busy all year long!
Our desire and need is to get back on schedule since Phase I will generate revenue and give us an adaquate space for performing while we initiate the plan additional Phases. Our community has been so good to support us throughout our history, we need your help again as we attempt to get back on our feet while still dealing with effects from the COVID pandemic.
Carriage House Players is reaching out to our friends and our community and asking you to help us "Light Up The Stage."