Big outdoor production marks theater’s restoration

The Teatro Nacional as seen from the west. Photo: Teatro Nacional

The Teatro Nacional plans an evening event with two presidents to celebrate the restoration of the cupola that dominates the structure’s roof. In addition to Laura Chinchilla, Christian Wulff, president of the Federal Republica of Germany, is scheduled to attend. The public is invited to the open-air event.

The event is planned for 8 p.m. on a night that is supposed to be moonless. That is Tuesday.

The darkness will be broken by an audiovisual show using the Teatro Nacional and its cupola as a backdrop. There also will be live entertainment. There also will be an original musical premier. The title of the evening is “La Cúpula y el paso del tiempo.” That also is the title of a photo show that will be open inside the theater until June 15. It shows the progression of work on the theater’s roof.

The cupola is the section on the roof of the theater that is 26.8 meters (88 feet) square and 18.15 meters (60 feet) high. This is more than a roof. The cupola contains all the machinery used to change and manage the scenery inside the theater. And the job was more than just repair. There was bug damage, and the pigeon flock had compromised the metal.

The $190,000 restoration brings back the red color of the roof. Work began two years ago. The job was financed by grants from the government of Spain and Germany with additional funds from the local firm Holcim Costa Rica S.A

The visit by the German president is appropriate because an architect who worked on the theater in 1897, Guillermo Reitz, was a Costa Rican whose parents were born in Germany. He studied there and put some of the German neoclassical style into the theater. The roof shows that influence, officials said.

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