TRYPS Children's Theater Recovering from Fire

8 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Tuesday, August 24 2010 Aug 24, 2010 Tuesday, August 24, 2010 8:14:04 PM CDT August 24, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA- Only days after a fire caused thousands of dollars of structural damage, volunteers are already working to get the TRYPS Children's Theater back on its feet. The TRYPS office in the Columbia mall reopened Tuesday, and plans to reopen its doors for a full fall class schedule by mid-September.

Reports originally stated the theater suffered $2,500 in damages, but that was only for the cost of the door the firemen had to knock down when they entered to put out the fire. The sprinkler system went off, causing a considerable amount of water damage. TRYPS lost almost all of its carpet as well as several pieces of musical, lighting and sound equipment. Volunteers are pulling up the carpet, drying out the rooms, and sending any recovered items to temporary storage.

Despite all of the damage, the Director of TRYPS Jill Womack says they're lucky, "It could've been so much worse." She's thankful they were able to save most of the costumes and artwork.  

Womack thinks it's important for people to know the theater didn't suffer total devastation and that the building is still completely intact. She says if it wasn't for the water damage and a slight smoke smell, "You wouldn't even know we had a fire."

Womack and other volunteers are working hard everyday to get the theater up and running again quickly. Womack says she doesn't want her "TRYPSTERS" to be worried and says that once they reopen it will be "business as usual." 

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