There are both easy-to-see and more subtle changes going on at Jim Thorpe’s Mauch Chunk Opera House.
WB Electric just completed a huge electrical refurbishment, culminating in all-new service from PPL into the building. This job included grounding the service properly. Working with Opera House Producer Vincent DeGiosio, WB also installed new dimmer packs, and lighting equipment to provide a cleaner look to the house and significantly reduce power consumption.
Outside is where you’ll especially notice the changes. Mike McGinley and Lori Holland are working on a complete repainting of the Opera House exterior. Color consultant Nancy Zeigler, Mr. DeGiosio and his wife Christie McGorry, have collaborated on an entirely new color plan, based on an intricate combination of true Victorian colors.
The result has been quite spectacular. “We aspired to a genuine representation of the Victorian palette,” says Zeigler. “When it was little patches of color, the hoped-for result was hard to see. Now that it’s nearly complete, people can really see it coming together.”
Many associate the Victorian Era with the use of vivid, elaborate color schemes, when in fact they were believers in the many colors visible in nature. It was in this spirit that the color plan was conceived.
From the street, passers-by have been marveling at the transformation of the building. It’s a true community venue, and people walk and drive past the Opera House every day.
A few years ago barely noticed, it’s come almost full circle – attracting a lot of attention, and deservedly so!