I work at a local theatre. It is an all volunteer theater. That means all of the actors, directors, producers, ushers, and choreographers are there, working their butts off for no pay. The money raised by ticket sales supports the productions themselves, plus the upkeep and repair of the theatre edifice. That upkeep includes the Heating, Ventilation plus A/C system. The main auditorium seats about 300 people. The small “black box” theatre holds about 150 people. So at any given performance, the 450 buyers plus the other people responsible for each show, means that there are 600 or so people in the building who need to be warmed or cooled off, depending on the weather outside. One night, during intermission, I was behind the curtain – preparing for our second act entrance – and I discerned the a/c shut off. At first I thought it was just cycling through, but after about fifteen minutes on stage, under those sizzling period lights and inside a heavy period-unique costume, I figured out the Heating, Ventilation plus A/C was not absolutely working well, if at all. As I began to sweat, I observed people in the audience fanning themselves with their programs. It was over 77 degrees outside and the theatre was rapidly approaching a matching temperature… Both of us toughed it out through the second act, trying to ignore our comfort and exceedingly sweaty audience members. Some people in the seats were removing layers of clothing as the auditorium grew more and more hot, but like they say, “the show must go on!” As soon as the curtain came down, the director walked out onto the period to thank the buyers for their patience and understanding; Meanwhile, the theater manager was opening the doors and the producer was contacting a Heating, Ventilation plus A/C repair company. After all, we had several more weeks of show and could not in any way make it without a absolutely working cooled.