August 20, 2019

Stage Right studio to move into former Norman's building


STANDISH — The former Norman’s building on Cedar Street in downtown Standish has been purchased and will soon become the new location of Stage Right Performing Arts Studio as early as Jan. 1.

Stage Right owner Shayna Castle said since the studio opened its doors nearly five years ago at its Cedar Street location, the business has attracted new students and expanded to the point where it has outgrown its current facility.

“We started out with 85 students and now we are at 200,” Castle said “I was desperate for a larger building and there really wasn't much available.”

This prompted Castle to seek the assistance of Kevin King, owner of King Realty Enterprise, who purchased the Norman’s building and will lease the facility to Stage Right Studios.

King said part of the motivation behind this deal is to bring more business to downtown and to finally do something with the building that has been unoccupied since 2014.

“We are bringing 200 families into the downtown area each week. That can't be anything but good,” King said. “When mom and dad are waiting for their kids to get done, hopefully they will utilize the other downtown businesses. That's the whole theory of downtown, you get some businesses in a general area and people will frequent those businesses.”

Renovations will be done to the building in preparation for the studio’s projected Jan. 1, opening and a fresh coat of paint will be applied, depending on the weather, King said.

The current Stage Right facility consists of one large dance room and a private voice and instrument room, Castle said.

The Norman’s building will provide students with two large dance rooms, two voice and instrument rooms and a larger waiting area for parents, Castle said.

While it’s new location will benefit Stage Right, Castle said she feels it will also enhance the downtown area.

“It is good for downtown,” Castle said. “Our downtown has very little activity. There are a couple of businesses down there but we need to fill it up and get more activity going on in our downtown area.”

Stage Right will move into its new facility over the Christmas break so there will be no interruption in classes during the transition, Castle said.


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