Theater began outdoors in Ancient Greece. So it could be said that as Danville prepares to build an outdoor amphitheater in Millennium Park, the city is getting back to where it all began.
The Park Committee has prepared a bid proposal for a stage and grassy seating, and expects it will cost about $276,000 to complete. The bids are expected back this summer, and then the committee will decide if the whole thing will be built at once, or if it will be done in stages.
The committee members discussed the size of the grass bench areas and whether 15 feet or 9 feet worked better for comfortably seating an audience so they could still see the stage and hear performances. They settled on 9 feet.
The committee was enthusiastic about adding another element to the park that would bring out more residents.
Outdoor performances add a festive element for performances, and the audience, said Tony Haigh, a dramatic arts professor at Centre College. "It gets back to the essence of communion," he said, explaining that the more casual atmosphere invites people to bring picnics and for it to be a social event.