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A Laser Light Show Spectacular is coming to Edmond Town Hall on Friday, April 20. The fundraising event will benefit the historic building’s restoration fund.
The theater will host two Laser Light Show Spectacular performances, at 7 and 9 pm. This fundraiser is made possible through sponsorships from DNR Laboratories, Newtown Insurance, and Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, with 100 percent of ticket sales going directly to Edmond Town Hall for restoration of its historic theatre.
The evening will include an artistic installation of eight high-powered digital laser beam projectors and animation projectors accompanied by music. The show will feature animated pop culture music on the theater’s 30-foot screen and a colorful display of laser beams overhead.
The 7 pm family-friendly show will be 45 to 50 minutes long and will offer familiar pop music appropriate for ages 5 through adult.
The 9 pm extended rock show will be 60 to 70 minutes of rock music from Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, U2, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin. Concession will be available at both shows. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the 9 pm show.
“While we have improved projection and sound in recent years, we are hoping to tackle lighting next,” said Margot Hall, chairman of the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers. “We are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and the support of our community through residents and through many people and organizations including Newtown Arts Commission, Jennifer Rogers, Hayden Bates, and others who have donated their time and efforts so that we can continue making improvements to our historic theater.”
Edmond Town Hall, completed in 1931 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was a gift from Newtown benefactress Mary Elizabeth Hawley. It has served as the center of the community since its inception by providing generations of residents and neighbors with governmental services space; affordable family entertainment through its theater; sports opportunities in its gymnasium; and an elegant space for gatherings, fundraisers, civic events, or to celebrate life events.
It served as Newtown’s municipal center until 2009, when town offices relocated to Newtown Municipal Center.
The Board of Managers is responsible for the oversight of the building and its staff and is charged with raising the revenue necessary for building operations. Revenue from movies, tenant, and event rentals does not completely cover all costs and fundraisers are an important source of revenue for restoration efforts.
Restoration and renovation efforts at Edmond Town Hall will continue this month thanks to a pair of laser light shows planned for Friday, April 20. All proceeds from ticket sales for the shows will go directly toward the restoration of the historic building’s theater.
—Bee file photo