It's 'curtains up' for PowPAC

New Lively Center venue opens Jan. 19
By Pat Kumpan, Community Editor

After the sawdust has settled, members of Poway Performing Arts Company can let out a sigh of relief. Following the time-honored tradition of "the show must go on," everyone who has lifted a hammer, installed lighting or a sprinkler system, cut wood into strips for seating risers, or painted walls or ceilings, can stop long enough to see that PowPAC has a new home.

The transformation of the second level of the Lively Center's 13250 Poway Road address into a theater is now complete.

"It's brought a renewed sense of pride to our members," offers PowPAC's president Annette Huffman.

"Besides," she says, "the new location is really in the heart of Poway, making our productions more accessible to the community. We've always thought we have enough talent to entertain anyone. New we have a chance to prove it."

Huffman credits John Seagren with designing and organizing much of the construction, affectionately nicknamed "Boss Man." He and other volunteers have been working at a frantic, nonstop pace to finish in time for "Play It Again Sam," opening Friday night.

To comply with Americans With Disabilities Act, ramps, toilets and audience seating has been added to accommodate patrons in wheelchairs.

PowPAC is also known for its philanthropic efforts, such as helping Ronald McDonald House, For Parents' and Kids' Sake, and AIDS organizations.

"On our benefit nights, we keep enough to cover our costs, then give the rest to charities that ask for our help," says Huffman.

Now, however, PowPAC could use some assistance from the community. The ,000 price tag for renovations has forced many members to dip into their own pockets, advancing their own money to assure the community theater has a chance to flourish.

PowPAC's Chris Robinson believes, "Even the small donations of a dollar or two will help support community theater in Poway. If anyone wants to have a specific item, like the dimmer lights named in his honor, we'll be happy to acknowledge their donation."

To become a patron or an "angel," donations may be sent to PowPAC, c/o Nancy Green/treasurer, 12720 Corte Rayito, Poway, CA 92064. For information about donations, call Nancy Green, 485-1868, or Annette Huffman, 748-2124.

"Play It Again Sam," opens this Friday and is already sold out for Friday's performance, but continues each weekend through Feb. 11. Weekend shows are 8 p.m. while Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Parking is in the front and handicapped parking is in the rear, offering elevator access and ramps.

Call 679-8085 for ticket information. Group discounts are offered.