A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, September 11th for the Baldwin Theatre’s recently renovated orchestra pit. The orchestra pit, original to the 92-year-old building, was in need of updates and renovations. The renovation funding came from Stagecrafters, a matching grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and a generous private donation from Stagecrafters’ members Craig and Shari Morgan. It took three months to complete and cost approximately $100,000.
The orchestra pit was dedicated to Mr. Morgan’s late mother, May Morgan, an avid theatre-goer. “It is an honor to always have the memory of May Morgan at Stagecrafters and the Baldwin Theatre. She will always be here with us applauding our efforts. She had told us, ‘There are very few things in life better than live theatre’,” says Mr. Morgan.
The May Morgan Orchestra Pit was enlarged to accommodate more musicians for the larger musicals and to address safety issues. Updates to the orchestra pit include acoustics, electrical, safety and aesthetics.
Stagecrafters, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit community theatre, is in its 58th year of providing opportunities for members of the community to develop their talents and to volunteer their time to create an enriching, quality theatrical experience through its Main Stage, 2ndStage, and Youth Theatre productions. At the Baldwin Theatre since 1985, Stagecrafters has been named Best Community Theatre byHour Detroit, Real Detroit Weekly and Daily Tribune.
Stagecrafters offers shows that appeal to a wide variety of ages and interests and prides itself on providing professional quality shows at affordable prices, making the performing arts accessible to individuals in our “regional” community.