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Performing arts center construction nears completion

The Erickson Center for the Arts Performing Arts Theater is on track for for completion in late spring, after it reached its fundraising goal in early 2020, with a ground breaking ceremony held in July and construction starting in August. (Photo courtesy of The Erickson Center for the Arts)

CURTIS — The Erickson Center for the Arts Performing Arts Theater is on track for for completion in late spring, after it reached its fundraising goal in early 2020, with a ground breaking ceremony held in July and construction starting in August.

At the helm was construction company Gundlach Champion Inc., in collaboration with Bloomquist Architects, both based in Iron Mountain. Several Curtis companies have also contributed to the construction of the new venue, including Abram Construction, Petrie Builders, & Taylor Painting.

As weeks passed, the building took shape very quickly. Interior construction began in September, and as the drywall and finishing work was completed, the beauty of the future venue came to light.

The inviting lobby of the building is bright and open, with windows all around to capture the view of South Manistique Lake. Large exposed wooden trusses give a nod to Northern Michigan natural design, while keeping a modern, artistic feel. Enter the theatre, where spacious, comfortable seating for 160 will soon be installed onto the graduating tiered floor, allowing every guest a perfect view of the stage. Professional sound and lighting installation will complete the live theatre experience for performers and patrons alike.

The success of musical and theatrical performances over the last several years made it evident that our community has the talented individuals and audience support to justify a state-of-the-art facility. With a kick start grant from the Nancy A. and Richard P. Erickson Foundation, and generous funding from dozens of individual and business donors, the dream of a performing arts theatre in Curtis is now a reality.

The Erickson Center for the Arts Performing Arts Theater is on track for for completion in late spring, after it reached its fundraising goal in early 2020, with a ground breaking ceremony held in July and construction starting in August. (Photo courtesy of The Erickson Center for the Arts)

“With the addition of a new theater and the existing Erickson Center building, Curtis is poised to become a cultural center and travel destination in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, bringing more tourists and residents to our area,” Board Chair Tom Linscheid said.

The ECA performing arts theatre is on track for completion in late spring. Visit the ECA Facebook page or website to see photos of construction as it is completed, as well as information on upcoming events for 2021.

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