Watts Hall Community Players has received two grants to upgrade the lighting system in the 103-year-old theater in Watts Hall on Main Street.

Thanks to generous grants from the Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation and the Davis Family Foundation, work has begun to replace 50-year-old lighting equipment with new, efficient digital lighting. The balance of the funding needed for the project will come from proceeds from the Theater group’s productions.

This marks the third year of renewed interest in community in theater in Thomaston. Watts Hall Community Players, which had its heyday in the 1990s, brought back “The Music Man” in 2016 and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” last summer, involving as many as 100 community members in live theater.

In April, the theater group will present “Etty’s Song,” based on the letters and diaries of a Dutch woman, Etty Hillesum, during the period 1941-1943 when the Nazis occupied Holland. This summer, rollicking Gilbert and Sullivan musical “The Pirates of Penzance” will bring to the stage a band of swashbuckling pirates during Victorian England who, orphans all, simply yearn for domesticity.

The mission of Watts Hall Community Players is to produce live theater and involve community members of diverse ages at all levels of experience.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.