Aug 23, 2015 11:57 AM

New book celebrates theater scenic art, conservation efforts

The Associated Press

BROOKFIELD, Vt — They provided the backdrop for plays, vaudeville acts and other entertainment from decades past.

Now, a new book on theater scenic curtains celebrates more than 500 examples of this art form found in town halls, grange halls and other public venues across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The group Curtains Without Borders has been traveling the region, finding the old curtains and restoring many of them.

The book, "Suspended Worlds: Historic Theater Scenery in Northern New England," was put together by the group's director, Christine Hadsel, with photography by Carolyn L. Bates.

Hadsel says she hopes it inspires efforts in other parts of the country to take old scenic curtains that perhaps are dirty and on the verge of being taken to the dump and say "not so fast."


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