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Hayswood unveils remodeled theatre

The board of directors for Hayswood Theatre in Corydon held a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month to show off its finished renovation project.
Jill Robertson said a grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation helped fund the project that was badly needed.
Work on the outside of the building included fixing the eaves, a fresh coat of paint, the addition of an awning, and patching leaks.
‘We had problems with water getting in,’ said Robertson, who wrote the grant request.
Funding from the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau allowed for the purchase and installation of a lighted marquee.
‘It makes a world of difference and draws attention to the theatre,’ Robertson said. ‘We’re able to advertise something on short notice.’
In the past, shows were advertised by a hand-painted sign that was placed on the front of the theatre.
A ramp was also added to allow accessibility for handicapped persons.
On the inside, the rest rooms were also made handicapped-accessible and a new sprinkler system was installed. Also, additional lighting and fresh paint was added back-stage.
‘We are so thankful for what the Foundation did,’ said Patty McClure, the current theatre board president.
Schmidt Cabinets in New Salisbury donated cabinets about a year ago for the concession area inside the theatre. The relocation of the concession stand from the north wall to the east wall has helped with traffic flow inside the tight quarters.
Hayswood Theatre board members are looking for ways to have the theatre used besides the productions they do throughout the year. The Friday Night Jams, which were started a little more than a year ago, are still taking place and other entertainment is beginning to use the theatre, which has a seating capacity of 70.
‘The image of the theatre has been enhanced,’ Robertson said. ‘There are still things we need to do.’