The historic Newport Opera House is without both its stage and house lights due to an electrical issue that’s caused some major headaches in recent weeks with a variety of holiday events scheduled.
Opera House crews have jury rigged temporary fixes for some events in the meantime, but the building’s balcony was forced to remain closed until permanent fixes are completed.
Board of Directors President David Hoyt said the electrical problems began some two years ago when lightening struck the building, which damaged the circuits in the dimmer boxes causing them to eventually burn out.
The Opera House Association is currently getting estimates on repair costs, though it’s unlikely the building will receive any help from the town as lighting equipment is owned by the Opera House and not the town.
Hoyt said the association may eventually ask for donations to help cover the costs.