Storms Damage OHS Roof, Auditorium
Jul 07, 2014 04:41PM ● Published by Steven Jack
The storms of Monday, June 30, ripped off a portion of the roof at Oswego High School, forcing one community group to change its plans. Photo by wanda Kerans Kachler
According to Brian Graves, spokesman for Oswego District 308, wind ripped up a portion of the roof covering the auditorium. Rain water poured into the auditorium, soaking the stage floor and damaging overhead lighting. The damage has left one community group scrambling.
Graves said the roof was quickly and temporarily patched by roofers working on another section of the OHS roof. Cost estimates for permanent repairs have yet to be determined.
"Unfortunately with the (July 4) holiday it's been difficult to get those figures together at this time," Graves said Monday afternoon.
The damages to the auditorium have forced the Limelight Theater Company to seek alternative rehearsal and performance space for their two summer shows: G36, G36: The Legend of Jack Gaines and Shrek the Musical. The changes are also causing a financial hardship on the community group, as promotional material listing OHS as the location already had been printed and distributed around town.
Cori Veverka, the company's artistic director, said the shows could not be moved to OEHS due to prior commitments at that auditorium.
G36, G36: The Legend of Jack Gaines is now scheduled for performance for 7 p.m. July 16-19 at Murphy Junior High School in Plainfield. Shrek the Musical is set for 7 p.m. July 30 to Aug. 2 and 2 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2 at West Aurora High School.
For more information and tickets, log on to www.limelighttheatrecompany.org.