The Hangar Theater’s new outdoor performance space will host a ribbon cutting this month

The Tompkins Chamber is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Tompkins Trust Company stage at the Hangar Theater at 801 Taughannock Blvd. The event will take place on Thursday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The Hangar Preview Performance of The REALNESS: Another Break Beat Piece will follow at 7:30 p.m., kicking off the 2021 season of the Hangar’s outdoor main stage!

The Chamber will be joined by Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca City Deputy Director of Economic Development Tom Knipe, Hangar General Manager RJ Lavine, Hangar Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky, Greg Hartz and Katherine Shaw of the Tompkins Trust Company management team, as well as Hangar staff, artists and board members.

Tompkins Trust Company is the main performance sponsor of the Hangar’s outdoor season. Greg HartzPresident and CEO of Tompkins Trust Company, shares, “Arts and culture are important to the well-being of communities because they often inspire us to move towards different levels of positive change by telling stories in creative and by sparking important conversations. Our community is grateful for the opportunity to join the Hangar Theater this summer to enjoy their performances safely on their outdoor stage. Thank you to the Hangar Theater for your commitment to keeping the show going, even when it has been extremely difficult to do.

The Hangar’s 47th Mainstage season will feature five live, in-person productions, including The Realness, Once, Sweeney Todd, Queens Girl in the World and An Odyssey. The outdoor stage was designed by a nationally renowned stage designer Steve TenEyck with input from the hangar’s production manager of 25 years, Adam Zonder, and was built by local company, CSP Management, with landscaping by TMT landscaping. The scene was designed so that it could be stored and reassembled in future seasons.

The Hangar Theater reflects the Trust Company’s dedication with Managing Director RJ Lavine saying, “As we move closer to our main 2021 outdoor season, we are strengthening our ties with local organizations and businesses and seeking new collaborative partnerships. to deliver the highest quality We are reassessing traditional ways of doing things, rethinking and redesigning systems and policies through the lenses of anti-racism, equity, inclusion and accessibility so that all those who come to the theater – patrons, students, volunteers, visitors, artists, staff and board members – have a truly exceptional experience. We want all patrons to feel and know that you are safe and welcome in this outdoor space.

Free and open to the public. To confirm your attendance at the Chamber Ribbon Cutting, please email [email protected].

To learn more about the 2021 Hangar Theater Outdoor Main Stage Season, visit