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Fallen duct leads to relocation of Bonnie Kate play

John Thompson • Updated Oct 15, 2018 at 9:52 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Bonnie Kate Theater was closed last weekend because a large piece of heating and air-conditioning duct fell.

John Huber, a member of the theater’s board of directors and the person who is overseeing the renovation projects, said the duct was near the theater’s ceiling. Bracing around the duct had been disconnected while a new roof was being placed on the theater and waterproofing was being done around the roof’s opening for the duct.

At some point last week, the unsupported duct fell about 12 feet to the floor. Huber said it must have happened at night, because no one heard the fall. The large piece of duct weighed around 750 pounds. The duct, whose interior dimensions are 26 inches by 22 inches, fell on some stored props.

The accident was discovered just before the theater was going to host the second week of the Theatre Elkins production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]”.

As a precaution, the performance was canceled for the weekend.

But the play’s director, Daniel Banks, said, “The show goes on.” The cast found a helping hand from Ed Breece, owner of the Blue Moon Theatre at 215 E. Main St. in downtown Johnson City. Breece agreed to provide the stage for the last two performances on Oct. 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, cash only.

“We’ve just got 60 seats, so come early.” Banks said. For more information on the Blue Moon Theatre Company visit www.bluemoontheatrecompany.com. For more information on Theatre Elkins, visit www.facebook.com/TheatreElkins.

“We are so thankful to be able to do these last performances after the tough news last week,” Banks said. “The Blue Moon is an intimate venue, which makes it ideal for this show. The audience response to our previous performances was fantastic, and we are ecstatic that we have the opportunity to finish out the run. The show goes on!’’

Huber said the repair to the duct should take just a week or two.

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