The show must go on, unless the theatre is undergoing a major renovation. The Keith-Albee Theatre building needs some major work. The theatre is holding open-auditions for a few good volunteers.
You have never seen Junior Ross' name on the marquee. He's not a famous face who packed the house, but he has kept the theatre going for nearly 50 years.
It’s still a beautiful theatre, the largest between New York and St. Louis when it was built. It will have roughly 3,000 seats when we take the dividers down.
The dividers, the screens, it all has to go. Junior is good but he can't do it alone. That's why members of Keith-Albee Foundation are asking for help. They need volunteers to help with renovation and restoration.
It may not look like much but many stars have walked down these stairs like Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Dustin Hoffman, to name a few.
This theatre has history that will continue with the help of volunteers. Tunnels below and gilded ceilings above, something you don't see in theatres today.
If you're interested in investing a little sweat equity into the Keith-Albee, volunteers should report for duty on Saturday, September 16, 7:30 am.
Part of the work will be taking down the partitions that separate the main hall.