• Our Founders
  • Our Town
  • Our Name
  • Awards
  • Board of Directors
  • The Fire
  • March 12, 2006. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, McPhetres Hall, our storage rooms, and the house next door were consumed by a fire
    set in a boat stored nextdoor. The fire started at about 2 AM and by 6 AM, it was all gone. But no one was hurt, and the fire spread no further.
    The fire took everything but two curtains, two swords, one dagger, and a spread of one or two costume pieces from every show we've ever done.

    At the time of the fire, Katie was costume designer for Opera to Go's production of Don Giovanni in which Aaron sang the title role.
    The wardrobe had been loaded out to the high school the day before. Katie had set the piece in the Late Theatre in the Rough Rustic Romantic period and,
    by chance, saved at least one piece from almost every single show we've done: the red vest made from fabric from their trip to Paris (it's been in everything),
    rags from Midsummer, one piece of Aaron's hand beading from Comedy, Boots from Puss in Boots (also in everything). Theatre in the
    Rough's loss was estimated at close to $100,000. Buyable stuff like light and sound equipment (systems which had just been completed) was not so troubling.
    Much harder to lose was the 15 years worth of irreplaceable costumes, props, masks, our beloved puppets, buckets of ruffs, a slew of vintage kimonos, some very
    nice drums, leather armor, banners from Richard III, and countless other objects, most of them handmade, most of them by Aaron himself.

    Some stuff was salvaged. Months after the fire, frozen solid and then soaked with spring rains, numerous bits of chain mail, some masks, some props and many
    of the prop weapons were pulled from the wreckage and have since been rehabilitated. They are great reminders of a wonderful stock of gear and are a
    nice metaphor for our plans to rebuild. At the request of the parish and leadership at Holy Trinity, Aaron has designed a real live theatre in the New
    McPhetres Hall with a proscenium arch, curtains, catwalk, demountable seating and all the trimmings! All we need is the money to pay for it.

    Our New Home Fund started in October, 2008 with the Juneau Community Foundation, to finish and furnish the New McPhetres. The New Home Fund
    is a way for our fans to contribute directly to this project through Theatre in the Rough. Our Fund Goal: $150,000 by March of 2011.
    We hope to do Our Town in an unfinished McPhetres in the Spring of 2011, and then have everyone back for
    our Fall show in a finished hall.