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Knoxville Opera in a Bind for Storage Space

On the verge of losing their storage space for sets, Knoxville Opera is now in a bind. Can you help?
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 Knoxville Opera Seeking Storage Space for Sets 

Knoxville, TN: Knoxville Opera is looking for a new storage space for sets and props after receiving notice of the sale of the existing storage building. 

Knoxville Opera was notified this past Wednesday that the building containing the 5,000 square feet space on Harriet Tubman Street had been sold, which requires vacating the premises by October 15. 

"We are in a bind," said Knoxville Opera Executive Director/Conductor Brian Salesky. "It's an emergency. We have to find a new home for all our sets and props right away." 

The current space, near the Opera's offices on East Depot Avenue, was generously donated to Knoxville Opera in 2011 by Ann and Sam Furrow. The Opera currently does not have money in their budget for a new space, so it is looking for someone to donate a space for an extended period of time. Very high ceilings are a necessity in the new storage facility because many of the props and sets are very tall. 

"The largest set we have is one we purchased a couple of years ago," said Salesky. "It's a large amount of platforms and columns. Included are six columns that are approximately 22 to 24 feet high which could be stored horizontally on their sides. We could also divide up our storage into two or more smaller areas." 

"Knoxville Opera uses the storage resources because sets and props are reused and repurposed every season." said Knoxville Opera Executive Assistant Michelle Fratus. 

Salesky says, "If we cannot find a new storage facility in time we will have to dip into our operating reserves. This would only be a temporary fix. Without a long-term solution we will be faced with the prospect of breaking down these sets and possibly disposing of them which may hurt some of our performances in the future." 

If you have a large storage facility Knoxville Opera can use, please contact the administrative office at (865) 524-0795. 

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