THOMASTON, CT, 21 August 2014-082114LW02 - From left, stencilist Michael Burr, Chairman of Friends of the Thomaston Opera House Roy Bouffard and painter Karl Weber stand in the newly-renovated hallway to the Opera House on Main Street.
Using a 2005 study by Conrad Schmitt Studios, the non-profit group hopes to return the Opera House to its 1884 condition. Kronenberger and Sons designed the pattern and colors for the hallway based on original stencils and color schemes still visible in the main part of the theater. The hallway project cost close to $10,000, Bouffard said.
Next, the Friends hope to restore the back wall of the opera house, repainting an eagle behind the projection booth that was removed and repainting the walls with original colors and stencil patterns. He hopes to raise funds for the $57,000 project to secure a matching grant through the state.
Anyone who wishes to donate can send a check payable to Friends of the Thomaston Opera House to PO Box 455, Thomaston, CT.
Laraine Weschler Republican-American