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Pec Playhouse Theatre Suzanne Wiegert, President of the Board Updated: June 1, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PEC PLAYHOUSE THEATRE TO REBUILD: COMMUNITY UPDATE TO BE HELD JUNE 16 PECATONICA, ILLINOIS The Pec Playhouse Board of Directors has voted unanimously to construct a new theatre on its current footprint in downtown Pecatonica. The Pec Playhouse Board of Directors, based on professional assessments that the structural integrity of the buildings is not sufficient to repair the damage, made the decision to rebuild. After visiting theatres in and around the Northern Illinois region, the organization’s asset committee, put together a Request for Proposal to several architectural firms in the area. Further action on the rebuilding will begin after proposals are received, an architect is chosen, and plans are drawn up. After estimates on the cost of construction are received a definitive fundraising goal will be set but for now, the PPT board knows that the insurance payout from the Feb. 24 roof collapse will not be sufficient to cover all costs. During damage assessments of the auditorium roof collapse it was discovered a second beam, above the back of the auditorium seating, had started to crack, while a third beam located in the second-story props area had also begun to bow from the weight of snow and ice. Professional construction crews stabilized parts of the roof so volunteers were able to safely remove costumes, lighting and sound equipment, seating, and stage curtains which have been put in storage. The Pec Playhouse Theatre is located in buildings once used as an agricultural feed store, granary, and doctor’s office. PPT will provide an update to the community about its plan to rebuild during an informational session open to the community June 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Winnebago County Fairground in Moss Hall. Capacity will be limited. [MASKS REQUIRED] At the June 16 meeting, the PPT publicity team will give an overview of what happened, decisions made and future plans with a power point presentation and take questions. The community will also have the opportunity to sign up for regular updates and a newsletter about the construction project as well as Pec Playhouse events and fundraisers to be held during the theatre’s hiatus for rebuilding. “We appreciate the generous donations of money and time received so far and we think it is important to keep our community of PPT supporters updated on our commitment to remaining an integral part of Pecatonica’s quality of life,” said PPT President Suzanne Wiegert. For more information or to sign up for email alerts and information from Pec Playhouse send your request to Volunteers@pecplayhouse.org or help raise the roof by clicking the Donate link on the website www.pecplayhouse.org. Pec Playhouse Theatre is a non-profit, community, volunteer theatre founded in 1991 which stages five productions annually.