Folks who turn out to see Balagula Theatre's production of The Mystery of Irma Vep will also see the debut of the new stage at Natasha's.
For years, the cafe has built an audience for its theater offerings usually performing on a stage the size of a modest walk-in closet. It definitely has its charm.
But, according to Balagula theater director Ryan Case, cafe owners Gene and Natasha Williams decided the audience had grown to the point it was time to expand the seating and the stage.
So, Natasha's boutique has moved up to the corner to Main Street and Esplanade as Props Lifestyle Gallery. In the boutique's space is a stage in the back corner of the additional space that was once the boutique, and seating will fill the floor in front of it. A bar will move in where the small stage used to be.
Case says Vep, a two man, myriad-character play could not have been produced on the old stage. He did not know what will follow Vep playwise, though Natasha's has regular schedule of music in addition the theater.