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Church, theater celebrate completion with Sept. 4 grand opening

Posted: August 27, 2011 - 6:14pm

Downtown Juneau’s newest performance space, community meeting area and church celebrate their completion on the afternoon of Sept. 4.

Parts of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church have been in use for more than 1 1/2 years. But other areas remained under construction until recently. Community members, many of whom have contributed to rebuilding, are invited to tour the church, theater and meeting rooms.

The original Holy Trinity church stood at the corner of Fourth and Gold Streets for more than 100 years until it burned in a March 12, 2006, arson fire. Insurance, grants and community contributions allowed it to be rebuilt to contemporary standards.

A blessing, dedication and program of thanks will kick off the program at 1 p.m. Choral and vocal music will follow at 2 p.m. And Theatre in the Rough will preview scenes from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” its next play, at 3 p.m.

Food and tours will be provided. Children’s entertainment will include a clown, chalk art and balloon animals.

The church includes the sanctuary, McPhetres Hall theater and performance space, a library, a community meeting room and The Mustard Seed gift shop.

The total cost of demolition, site preparation and construction of the 11,000-square-foot structure was $5 million. The fund-raising and rebuilding effort took more than five years. And it’s not quite finished.

Contact the church at 586-3532 for more information or go online to Regular services are held at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays and noon Wednesdays.

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