Damaged buildings cause cancellation, postponement of events

Teresa Williams, left, and Michael Teer, right, read their scripts backstage during the rehearsal of "Songs of a New World."

As Victoria residents are slowly getting their home life back to normal, entertainment organizers have just begun to plan out when the arts could come back as well.

Damage to venues and shops from Hurricane Harvey have caused events planned for September to be either postponed or canceled.

"Is it something we can't get over? Nope," said Michael Teer, artistic director of Theatre Victoria. "But it will take some time."

Theatre Victoria's annex building, next to the Leo J. Welder Center, suffered major water and roof damage.

When the roof came off, it allowed the water to damage scenery and set pieces, Teer said.

The damage caused the play "Boeing Boeing" by Marc Camoletti to be rescheduled from Sept 14-17 to Jan. 18-21.

Michelle Hall, executive director of the Victoria Symphony, said their first performance of their master series called "The Undisputed Masters" that was scheduled for Sept. 16 was postponed until March 24.

She said the postponement was necessary because of damage the Victoria Independent School District fine arts center sustained from Harvey.

Randy Wachtel, fine arts center manager, said the lobby of the building received water damage.

They are working on getting the carpet replaced and checking the drywall for moisture.

Events organizers who booked something in September at the Victoria Community Center were called Tuesday and asked if they would like to reschedule or cancel their event with a full refund.

Jodie Miller, event organizer for the community center, said a building services employee was still assessing the damage done to the center.

The Victoria Community Center was also used as a command and distribution center the days following Harvey's hit to the Crossroads, she said.

Teer said once residents are past the crisis mode, their support for nonprofit organizations will be vital in helping the arts come back to Victoria.

"It is a shock; it is a change," he said. "But the biggest thing is that we are going to keep going. We are going to get out of this."

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