[Albright's bare stage awaits the return of live theater.]
"[These days,] we can find something relatively inexpensive on Facebook Marketplace and then resell it," he said. "We don't have to store it."
Volunteers last year constructed a new box office and worked on dressing rooms. Underway are plans to raise the sound and lighting booth in the main auditorium for improved operation and the addition of a spotlight. The lobby has been repainted and a new curtain will be among the upgrades awaiting the return of audiences.
On another front, Quirk said much credit goes to Erin Cauley of South Elgin, formerly of St. Charles, who has been sorting through decades of materials, theater programs, photos and scripts to create an up-to-date archive.
"We always have big plans – right now we've been granted that time," said Cauley, board secretary and performer. "We did a lot of cleaning and … purging and filing of things," she said. "We found lots of really great articles [we'll] hang in the lobby."
She updated the website, where people can now click to check out past casts and photos.
"It's been fun, especially seeing pictures of [founding member] Jeannine Collins in shows way back then," Cauley said.
Collins has been with the troupe since the beginning, and in December, the auditorium was christened the Jeannine Collins Main Stage.
Cauley said they have reached out through Facebook seeking additional photos for the archives.
"Hopefully, [it's] something people will enjoy looking at," she said of the website and lobby displays. "It's fun to see how the space has evolved and what kinds of creative things people have come up with to do [with the] stage."