While the PNC Arts Annex has been open and operating for the past couple weeks, with performances from The Playground Theatre company The freshness and the potential of the space is undeniable. Located at the corner of Second Street and Ludlow, the PNC Arts Annex is a spacious and adaptable space for theatre, dance and music. As you walk into the lobby you first see the playful and skilled ceiling sculptural work of Landon Crowell. The Annex is made up of two main performing spaces. One is the highly adaptable black box theatre space with seating for just under two hundred. Also, the rehearsal space located on the Ludlow side of the building has the potential to be adapted for a variety of activities, only limited by the imagination.
As Dave Melin, President, PNC Dayton and Ty Sutton, the new CEO of the Victoria Theatre Association, unveiled the signage for the annex, I was struck by how people have been up in arms about the recent dark and sobering Frontline documentary and here was the the perfect antidote. The unveiling of new space for creativity and vitality. The investment in the future and private/public partnerships will make this turn around of Dayton meaningful and lasting. In the immortal words of Michelle Obama, “They go low, we go high” and look at what we can accomplish. Kudos to the Victoria Theatre Association for giving us another dream making space.