CAMDEN — The Camden Opera House, in collaboration with Camden Conference and Camden International Film Festival, has begun a fundraising campaign to Complete the Seats! Those seats are in the balcony and, unlike the cushy seats on the orchestra level of the Victorian-era auditorium, are wooden.
“We probably hold the one event each year that keeps folks in their seats all day — the Saturday sessions of our annual three-day conference,” said Camden Conference Board President Matt Storin. “But anyone who has sat in the balcony knows that even for a couple of hours, those seats are not the most comfortable you can find.”
The opera house is working with the Maine State Prison Upholstery Shop to have 187 custom-made cushions made, using quality materials and hand craftsmanship. A portion of the campaign goal of $8,600 will benefit inmate families, as the prisoners receive some pay for their work.
Donations may be made via the Camden Opera House website camdenoperahouse.com; scroll to the bottom of the “Upcoming Shows” list.
“On behalf of the Camden Conference, we want to thank Dave Morrison and the Camden Opera House for undertaking this campaign … We think this will be a terrific improvement for the Opera House and one that will benefit many midcoast residents for years to come,” said Storin.