An epiphany concert held to restore the historical Homestake Opera House

It's a space that dates back to the early 1900s.

Sarah Carlson, executive director of the Homestake Opera House, says "This building was built for quality of life back in 1914 by the Homestake Gold Mine so for the duration of its life, that's what the community has been using it for."

Known for hosting music concerts, community theatre, and dance,
when its theater survived a fire in 1984, supporters of the Historic Homestake Opera House knew such a regional jewel had to be brought back to life.

Carlson says, "Look at this treasure, look at what we have here, you come and you realize this cannot be halted.

Hundreds gathered for an epiphany concert and project named in honor of the angels that hover over the stage in support of what was and still is.

She says, "They're coming in and they're seeing all of the interior of the theater being changed. It's all being restored piece by piece. It's a real treat to come in and see that and also an acoustic treat to hear the symphony hear on our stage."

People were listening to the angelic sounds of the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra.

"They are coming because of the beauty of the building, they're coming because of the history, if they love the performing arts," Carlson says.

It was In 2008 that community theatre was brought back to life Carlson tells us, followed by concerts and then presentations until it grew to host about 60 shows each year.

Work is still be done gradually and the opera house is hoping for support with this project with goal of $500,000.

The opera house has been challenged that if they can raise 50,000 dollars, they will be granted another 50,000. The date to raise the money for the match is by April 2 which is also the date of the 1984 theater fire.

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