By Sheridan Block
Crinkled strips of brown paper cover the windows and locked doors of the Wright Opera House. Despite being closed since early February, the 125-year-old venue is still bustling with activity as contractors and volunteers move to and fro, lugging in boards and tools and hauling out walls and sawdust.
Stepping inside the construction zone, one sees many obvious changes have been made to the main floor alone, including a newly installed elevator shaft, allowing access to the basement as well as the theater, and a winding staircase, adding an elegant and aesthetic appeal. Other improvements include additional restrooms, which are ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) compliant, as well as an internal staircase leading to the basement, providing more functionality for the space.