CUMBERLAND — The Embassy Theater might be closed during the winter months, but much activity has been going on behind its closed doors at 49 Baltimore St.

Numerous improvements and renovations are underway or have been completed thanks to the help of volunteers and a dedicated board of directors. The treasury expanded this past year after a successful 2019 season, and several grants and donations helped allow the necessary work.

Starting in the lobby area, new colors have been selected and fresh paint will now greet patrons with warmer and brighter hues. A 30-foot cooler has been added to the reorganized bar area. The rest rooms have been converted to unisex and refurbished to better serve patrons.

The box office booth at the front now houses a video display with messages and upcoming events. The tech room has been enclosed, with improvements made to both the lighting panel and sound board.

Moving into the seating area, some of the biggest features are new lights for the house area. Also, funds have been sequestered to invest in new seating options. Audiences may not see backstage, but performers will now have new steps leading up to the dressing rooms, which are also being updated.

The Embassy will finish the renovations in time for the 2020 season that kicks off in April with “Confessions From The Ladies Room” by Shane Riggs.

Timothy Bambara has curated the next season, his first as the Embassy’s new artistic director, with classics, musicals, new works and children’s favorites. Assisting Bambara with the schedule of eight theatrical productions will be a new panel of associate directors.

Patrons may view details of events as they are published by visiting on Facebook at embassytheatrecumberland, or on the web at or #wherestarsshine.

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