A note from Adam Wagner, Executive Director:
When I arrived a little over four months ago, there was a sincere hope and concerted effort to have the Twilight open by Labor Day. We have made tremendous progress: the seats were installed, the stage floor installed and painted, the speakers for live performance hung from the ceiling, the movie screen in place, the marquee and outside lights were able to shine over Memorial Day weekend, a lobby sneak peek welcomed over 100 people in an hour, the Media Center hookups are wired, and we hosted a free outdoor screening. As the sole employee, I was also able to get the financial house in order by implementing some essential policies, create and design a new website (the one you’re reading right now), enhance our social media presence, make important connections in the city, county and state – reaffirm the theatre’s relationship with Warren Theatres, empower and educate our board of directors on proper governance, file many state forms, prepare the annual audit, apply for licenses and develop a fundraising plan.
There are a few pieces of equipment yet to acquire, inventory to stock, some inspections to pass and staff to hire. Yes, our cash reserves and liabilities are preventing us from moving forward with some of these needs. But there are other issues the board of directors and I want resolved – important changes are needed in the theatrical lighting and curtain design. The packages chosen, while great for a movie theatre, would prove unusable for any sort of live performance. The ability to generate revenue from concerts, plays and musicals, community theatre, and school presentations is a necessary function of the Twilight Theatre and Community Auditorium. It was a major reason I decided to take on this project and a major reason for rebuilding the old theatre and partnering with the school system. It is my responsibility to honor that partnership.
In July, I invited my friend and colleague, Keith Arsenault, to come to Greensburg and assess the technical needs of the facility. We served together on the Board of Directors for Theatre Tampa Bay, an alliance organization to raise the profile of professional theatres in Tampa Bay. Mr. Arsenault provided the lighting design for one of my productions at the Straz Center for Performing Arts as well. Carrying a wealth of experience and knowledge, Keith confirmed many of my concerns on his initial visit. I was grateful to have input from an outside eye, and even more grateful he spent two days on site free of charge.
With the backing of the Twilight board, Mr. Arsenault will return this week to take measurements and provide a detailed materials list for a lighting plot, stage curtain rigging design, Clear-com design and wireless body microphone systems. Most importantly, he will make sure we are installing these systems safely.
We are determined to open the Twilight doors. Trust me, I want this baby open; we all do. We are equally determined to finish this project the right way and present films, orchestras, vocalists and theatre the way they were meant to be seen and heard. The goal is in sight. I ask for your understanding and support as we head towards the finish line. Keith has a very impressive résumé – take a few hours to read it below. Thank you to all who have helped us come this far, and thank you to those who will help in the future
Mr. Arsenault has been active as Producer, Manager, Director and Designer for presentations in North and South America. He is experienced in a wide range of entertainment activities including; opera, ballet, rock concerts, nightclubs, Broadway shows, theme parks, circus, corporate / special event, motion picture and television production.
He has served on staff of The Joffrey Ballet (Stage Manager / Lighting Director for Joffrey II national tours), Opera Company of Boston (Technical Director / Theatre Operations Manager), Palm Beach Opera (Assistant General Manager / Production Coordinator), Ballet Puertorriqueno (Stage Manager / Lighting Director), Tokyo Ballet Group (Tour Technical Director / Company Manager US and Canada), The Tampa Ballet (General Manager), Bay Ballet Theatre (Executive Director) Ballet de Cali (Production Stage Manager / Lighting Designer Cali seasons and US tour including Kennedy Center) Moscow Classical Ballet (US Tour Production Manager Full length Swan Lake) and Nacional Ballet de Colombia (Production Director / Lighting Director) among others. He served as General Manager of the long running San Francisco production of the Caryl Churchill’s Off Broadway hit Cloud 9. Also in San Francisco, he served as Assistant to the Producer of the star-studded production of A R Gurney’s Love Letters.
He is the founder and Executive Producer of CIRCUS NEXUS, for whose production of Rites and Rituals he provided direction and the lighting design. Rites and Rituals was presented on tour at major colleges and performing arts centers across the country in 2006 and 2007. Special event CIRCUS NEXUS have been created for corporate events for Hilton Hotels in New Orleans and TechBridge in Atlanta.
Mr. Arsenault has served as Writer, Designer and/or Director of corporate productions for Hilton Hotels, FedEx, ServiceMaster Clean, Harley-Davidson, Paradyne Computer and Nutmeg Mills.
As a Theatre Consultant he has worked on construction projects in North America, South America and Asia including University of Tampa’s David Falk Theatre, Tampa, FL; Teatro Municipal, Barranquilla, Colombia; Teatro Nacional, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Tampa Ballet Studios, Tampa, FL; University of Tampa Studios; Tampa, FL; Crystal Playhouse Dinner Theatre, Clearwater, FL; The Rock School , Philadelphia , PA; Libertyland Theme Park, Memphis, TN. The Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach, FL and Alabama Adventure Theme Park, Birmingham, AL.
Mr. Arsenault has directed a number of musical theatre productions including a major revival of Marc Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock as well as his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol. In the circus field he has produced special event circuses for Florida and Arizona State Fairs, Edmonton’s Klondike Days, Winnipeg’s Red River Exposition, Central Ontario Exposition and a “kosher circus” for Brooklyn’s Orthodox / Hassidic community among others.
In April of 1997, he Co-Produced, wrote and directed the Grand Opening Ceremonies for the World Premiere of the international museum tour, TITANIC The Exhibition in Memphis, TN. The production included a 30-piece orchestra, 150 voices, dancers / actors / bag pipers and large-scale projections. In April of 1998, he served in a similar capacity for the World Premiere of the exhibit ANCESTORS OF THE INCAS also in Memphis. In November of 1997 and again in 1998, he Co-Produced the Brass Ring Awards and the What’s New Theatre for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions conventions in Orlando, Florida and Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia respectively in association with Heartbeat Productions, Inc.
He has designed and coordinated major corporate events for Federal Express at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island and at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville and ServiceMaster Clean in Memphis, Orlando and Chicago.
In 2004, he coordinated and provided all of the Tour Production Management for the US tour of the Moscow Classical Ballet’s production of full length Swan Lake. Additionally he coordinated all production related activities for a series of touring Broadway show subscription series in five Florida cities from 1996 to 2000. He has also coordinated concerts featuring such artists as David Lee Roth, Marcian Ball, Shawn Colvin, Queensryche among others.
Other recent projects include Creative Direction & Lighting Design for Paramount Parks, Carowinds Charlotte, North Carolina & King’s Dominion Richmond, Virginia Halloween presentations in 2004 and 2005. In the spring of 2007, he co-directed X City a new contemporary stunt show for Elitch Gardens Theme Park in Denver, Colorado and Xcelleration! an award-winning BMX, Skateboard and Aerial show for Six Flags Fiesta Texas both in association with SRO Productions, Inc.
His recent design work has been seen as the Scenic and Lighting Designer for The Gorilla Theatre’s Jane Eyre and Six Degrees of Separation, Lighting Designer for The Gorilla Theatre’s productions of Bach in Leipzig, The Woman in Black and A Christmas Trio and Scenic and Lighting Designer for Stageworks A Picasso, Lighting Designer for Stageworks / Gorilla Theatre’s production of Guantanamo for the American Civil Liberties Union, Lighting Designer for the World Premiere of the Stageworks production of Bap Bomb and Lighting Designer for the American Stage Company production of King Hedley II. He recently served as the Lighting, Sound and Projection Designer for composer David Pomeranz’s premiere production of Chaplin – A Life in Concert at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. He is also the Resident Lighting Designer for The St. Pete Opera having designed sixteen St. Petersburg Opera productions including the recent Susannah as well as; Into the Woods, Cosi Fan Tutte, Carmen, A Little Night Music, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Sweeney Todd and West Side Story.
Mr. Arsenault owns International Arts & Entertainment Group which provides production support and coordination for theatre, opera, dance and special events.
He also serves as the Manager of the recently renovated performing arts facilities for Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus. For that facility he has created the award winning (Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award) Visual and Performing Arts Series. Some of the notable dance presentations in recent seasons include; Clare Porter, Pat Olezko, Monica Bill Barnes & Company, H T Chen Dancers, Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, Cakeface and Ballet Fleming.
Mr. Arsenault holds degrees in Arts Management and Music and has taught Stage Management and Lighting Design on the university level. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Dance Association as was selected by Florida Secretary of State Sandra Mortham to serve as a member of the Dance Panel for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (one of the few non dancer/choreographers chosen). Twice he has served on the National Endowment for the Arts / Southern Arts Federation Dance Touring Grants Panel.
Mr. Arsenault is a member of International Dance Council – Conseil International de la Danse – UNESCO, Florida Dance Association and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and participates every four years in the North American Theatre Architecture and Engineering Conference in New York City.
This April, he was at Lincoln Center in New York City serving as Stage Manager for the Youth American Grand Prix Gala of Stars.