Houston area performing arts organizations have been making good use of social media by keeping stakeholders updated on damage estimates and related news. To that end, it appears that none of the larger budget organizations were spared although some fared slightly better than others.
According to a message from Board President Janet F. Clark:
- Area parking garages have been flooded and are not accessible
- Jones Hall, their primary venue, avoided damage to the main stage and auditorium.
- Assets of value were moved to high ground before the storm hit and are safe.
- The basement rehearsal room had standing water and they estimate significant damage (this item via com).
Houston Grand Opera
According to a message from HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech:
- The Wortham, their primary venue, suffered severe water damage to the front of house.
- Brown Theatre’s stage suffered water damage
- Cullen Theater’s stage had less damage.
- The basement, which contained the costume shop and storage, is completely flooded.
A message from Executive Director, Jim Nelson, focused on positives:
- Most of costumes, including those for “The Nutcracker” productions, were safely relocated out of harm’s way.
- The warehouse where they store sets and additional costumes sustained no damage.
- The Ballet uses many of the same performance spaces at The Wortham as the HGO so that related venue damage is the same as above.
A message from Managing Director, Dean Gladden, spelled out what appears to be some of the most severe damage reports to date:
- The Neuhaus Theatre, adjacent Mitchell Lobby, prop storage and basement dressing rooms filled with water that reached the ceiling, past the high-water mark of 2001’s Tropical Storm Allison.
- The electrical systems that provide power to most of the building are under water and offline.
- The Theatre’s Long Lobby and Hubbard Theatre did not receive any water damage.
- Remaining performances of the current production are cancelled and the upcoming production has been relocated. Productions past that point are TBD.