HUDSON, NY – As part of its longstanding relationship with Hudson Hall, Consigli employee volunteers and members of its self-performing division recently donated labor and materials for the set design and construction of Hudson Hall’s upcoming opera, Rodelinda.
Consigli Construction Co., Inc. completed the restoration of Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House in 2017, which, to date, represented New York’s oldest surviving theater’s most significant upgrade project. The Consigli team has maintained a close and collaborative relationship with Hudson Hall and its executive leadership since the beginning of their initial partnership and remains committed to supporting its mission and arts community.
“For Hudson Hall, Consigli is The Dream Team,” said Tambra Dillon, Executive Director of Hudson Hall. “When we dreamed of returning New York State’s oldest surviving theater to community use, not only did Consigli do a stunning restoration, but they completed the project ahead of time. Then, Consigli was the first to invest in Hudson Hall’s historic tax credits and has always stepped up to show their support.”
After receiving high prices from builders in the area when searching for a company to construct their set for Rodelinda, Hudson Hall reached out to Consigli for guidance. Rather than recommend a local set builder within their budget, Consigli offered to build the set at no cost to the organization.
“For Consigli, the Hudson Hall renovation ended up being much more than a construction project,” said Scott Cruikshank, Project Executive. “After witnessing their dedication to the community, mission and historic building, we left the project wanting to always help or do more. When the opportunity to build their Rodelinda set presented itself, we jumped at it, not only to help assist in this amazing production, but to again be with the Hudson Hall people that we so appreciate.”
Throughout the fall, Consigli’s team from the millwork shop worked with the production’s director, R.B. Schlather, to help guide the set construction and build important items like doors, tables and platforms to complete the vision.
“We treated the set building like one of our construction projects – we had a schedule and a plan,” said Cruikshank. “The Consigli team met regularly with the director and the Hudson Hall staff to coordinate everything from paint colors and architecture to building access. For us, the work was straightforward and fun.”
In early October, volunteers from Consigli’s New York regional offices spent time assisting the self-perform team with building walls, installing windows and doors, and painting the set once complete. As part of its commitment to positively impacting the communities where its teams live and work, Consigli offers employees 24 paid volunteer hours to use annually.
“Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine Consigli would be so generous as to build us a beautiful set for our upcoming production of Rodelinda,” said Dillon. “We are so grateful to the entire Consigli crew for their skills, generosity, and commitment to supporting the community.”
Learn more about Hudson Hall’s production of Rodelinda, which runs from October 20 – 29 here.