Clear Space Theatre Company held a press conference May 26 at 415 Rehoboth Ave. to announce that it had submitted new building plans for a theater and rehearsal theater to the City of Rehoboth Beach.
The plans include two structures: a new 256-seat traditional theater and a rehearsal theater, known as The Spotlight Theatre. The buildings will allow Clear Space to continue to bring live theater to the beach as well as continue to make valuable contributions to the local economy.
These new plans are a happy result of creative thinking, combining the city code requirements and suggestions from the community.
“Our team was star-struck by our original plans; however, the path from last year to now has given us a much better set of plans that will address community concerns and zoning issues from the old design. The new plans create a much-improved place for actors, residents and visitors to come and enjoy live theater,” said Wesley Paulson, Clear Space Theatre executive director. “Clear Space Theatre generates over one-half-million dollars a year to the local economy through our patron support of local restaurants and the Boardwalk before and after our performances. We look forward to being a part of the city for generations to come.”
Construction on the site is not expected to begin until fall 2020. The estimated completion date for the theater is in 2022, and the Spotlight Theatre will be ready in 2023. Clear Space is forming a capital campaign committee to raise needed funds for construction of the two buildings.
Clear Space Theatre is a nonprofit regional theater company serving residents and visitors to Southern Delaware since 2004. Clear Space performs 13 shows during its season and has year-round performing arts education classes for children and adults. Clear Space is located at 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach. For more information about performing arts education or for season updates, go to www.ClearSpaceTheatre.org.