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Knoxville's oldest non-academic theatre needs new lighting. Help the theatre who has entertained you since 1976 brighten things up!

For seven seasons, Theatre Knoxville Downtown has used an assortment of hand me down lighting instruments and a creatively rigged lighting board, resulting in shows with limited lighting capabilities. Thank goodness for actors who shine!

Over these past seven seasons, we have improved our space by adding a new sign, improving the lobby area, adding a photo gallery, raising the stage, building and improving audience seating, installing audience lighting and ceiling fans, improving the restrooms, as well as many unseen improvements (such as a new hot water heater, etc). 

The most important improvement to date will be the addition of a lighting grid, new lighting instruments and a new light board. All of this will allow us to increase the look and atmosphere, adding to the quality of each production.

Great theatrical lighting can often set the mood, spotlight an actor's performance, and increase the overall experience for you the audience. 

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With each season, we've always set a goal to improve our theatre and to date have achieved the goals with your help!

We've achieved these goals in spite of being an all volunteer organization, an achievement of which we are very proud. Very few (if any) nonprofit organizations can claim to remain viable for 36 years, much less an all volunteer organization.

We've consulted with lighting professionals and the plans are in place, the drawings are complete, the challenge now is funding the project for materials to build the lighting grid, electricians to install the lighting grid, and purchasing much needed new lights.

Because we are an all volunteer organization, our biggest challenge will be installation and that will be at the mercy of volunteer schedules, as was getting our Kickstarter going. Also, because we have a full season schedule, we have to find the time for installation between productions. We were hoping to have lights installed prior to our first performance of 2013 but depending on the construction of the lighting grid, and the completion of the Kickstarter challenge, it may be at the end of the season in June.

As in life, so it is in theatre, there always seem to be construction delays. We hope this is not one of those times but are prepared for it.

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