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Red Barn Studio gets a makeover

The lobby of Red Barn Studio is now larger with a fresh coat of paint. The lobby of Red Barn Studio is now larger with a fresh coat of paint.
Thalian Association show posters now hang in the Red Barn Studio lobby. Thalian Association show posters now hang in the Red Barn Studio lobby.
Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas donated the Red Barn Studio to Thalian Association in July. Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas donated the Red Barn Studio to Thalian Association in July.
Thalian Association now leases the Red Barn Studio rent free. Thalian Association now leases the Red Barn Studio rent free.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Thalian Association has spruced up its new home before christening it with the first performance.

Actress Linda Lavin and husband Steve Bakunas donated the Red Barn Studio in Wilmington to the company in July.

Now the group has made some renovations to the building on Third and Marstellar Streets including a new paint job, hardwood floor and knocking down a wall to make a bigger lobby.

The new building means the group has another space to perform other than Thalian Hall.

"It's very intimate, which is wonderful for us because it gives us a chance to do more intimate plays then we can do at the hall," said Thalian Association Artistic Director Tom Briggs.

The company also plans to use the space for rehearsals, classes for the children's theater TACT Academy and special events.

"We've never had a dedicated space, so it is such a beautiful gift," said Briggs. "We just love Linda and Steve so much for bequeathing it to us, trusting us with it."

The first play Thalian Association will present at the Red Barn Studio is Other Desert Cities. It opens November 1 and runs through November 24.

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