On Thursday, September 11, 2008 the Omaha Community Playhouse held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the unveiling of a newly renovated Mainstage Orchestra Pit. The renovation was made possible through the generosity of the Alan and Marcia Baer Foundation and the Douglas County Commissioners Visitors Improvement Fund.
The renovation included:
•new safety lift protection
•new wider and less steep stairway
•new emergency exit
•new piano stages
•new instrument storage cabinets
•new acoustical panels
•heating and air conditioning updates
•new electrical outlets in floor
•new pit cover support system
Guests toast the new “Baer Pit”
The Orchestra Pit was officially named “The Baer Pit.” The unveiling was attended by members of the Baer family, including Marcia Baer, and Douglas County Commissioner Pam Tusa with her spouse Gary Tusa. The dedication was followed by a party and preview performance of the Playhouse’s Mainstage season opener, The Cocoanuts. Many Omaha Community Playhouse “donors” and “friends of the Playhouse” were in attendance.