, Newburyport, MA


February 7, 2014

Something for the winter doldrums


The state-of-the-art improvements were accompanied with respect for the building’s history. Plaster moldings and decorative details were restored rather than replaced, and the marble staircase and original stained-glass windows have been refurbished.

“There was a lot of attention to history. … We restored as much history as we could,” said Chris Lovasco, COO at the YMCA of the North Shore.

The hall will be home to the Y Theatre Company, which has served 600 to 700 children since its founding in 2008.

“It’s a wonderful space for kids to perform, but also it’s a center for arts for the entire community,” Lovasco said.

The work will be unveiled tonight with a performance by opera star Marquita Lister. Tomorrow, the center will host performances by the Y Theatre Company, the Salem Theatre Company and the Boston Ballet, among others.

It’s a fitting way to celebrate the return to prominence of one of the city’s gems.

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