Stages of dedication build a theatre complex

Jim Harvey was a member of the Camp faculty and director of the theatre program from 1953 to 1987.

At a time when Interlochen was still known as the National Music Camp, Jim Harvey helped the Camp's theatre program come into its own by staging wonderful productions in the Grunow Theatre, despite a lack of resources and a shoestring budget. His commitment to Interlochen and passion for theatre prompted him to give generously towards the construction of a new theatre building---one that would provide facilities of a quality that surpassed anything ever available to him at Interlochen. The Harvey Theatre Complex and the dynamic theatre program are both testaments to his tireless efforts.

The Harvey Theatre was opened in 1998. The 170-seat, state-of-the-art, flexible theatre provides rehearsal and performance space for Interlochen Camp and Academy performances. The Harvey Theatre has also become the home of the Theatre Department. The flexible venue is equipped with several rows of fixed seating along the walls of the room; loose seats can also be positioned on the flat floor of the theatre. Tension-wire grids above the entire room accommodate a variety of rigging and lighting settings, which allows the thrust-stage theatre to be configured into proscenium mode setting.

In 2005 Interlochen dedicated a $2.3 million addition to the Harvey Theatre that added 12,000 square feet of space, including a scene shop, offices, dressing rooms, movement rooms, and rehearsal space to the complex. An ailing Jim Harvey attended the celebration by speaker phone.

The completion of the Harvey Theatre Complex came when the Mallory Costume Shop was dedicated in October, 2007.

Kimonos, chain mail, pith helmets, doublets, and hoop skirts are just a few of the items that line the walls and racks of the Mallory Costume Shop in the lower level of the Harvey Theatre. The spacious and well-lit shop was made possible by a gift from the Mallory Foundation, which honors of the legacy of Jean Mallory, a Michigan native and avid pianist who also loved to sew.

The work area features color-accurate fluorescent lighting in addition to ample natural light. A rubberized floor surface provides relief for the costume shop staff, who spend most of the day on their feet. The main storage area is climate-controlled and dehumidified to maintain the garments.

"As wonderful as the theatre program was, there was a clear need for improvement in the costume area, so we were pleased to help," said Riley Beckett, President of the Mallory Foundation. "For the students, the new facility is a great educational tool that will allow them to form deeper connection with their art."

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