I volunteer at a nearby playhouse. It is totally a volunteer playhouse. That means all of the actors, set producers, ushers, and choreographers are there, entirely giving it their all for free. The money secured from ticket sales pay for the productions themselves, as well as the upkeep and taking care of the theatre structure itself. That upkeep includes the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C system. The big auditorium section seats about 300 people. The small “black box” theatre holds about 100 people. So at any given show, the 400 buyers plus the 100 to 200 people responsible for each performance, means that there are 500 to 600 different souls in the building who need to be heated up or cooled off, based on the weather outside. On opening night, while I was in intermission, I was backstage – waiting for my fourth act entrance – and I heard the undefined shut off. At first I just figured that it was just cycling through, however after about 2 minutes on stage, under those ridiculously hot stage lights and inside a heavy period-particular costume, I realized the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C was not coming back on. As I began to sweat, I noticed audience members fanning themselves with their programs. It was legitimately 72 degrees outside and the theatre was definitely more that temperature. We muscled through the fourth act, attempting to ignore our comfort and exceedingly uncomfortable audience members. Some audience members in the seats were removing layers of clothing as the auditorium grew more and more miserable. However, they say, “the show must go on!” As soon as the curtain closed, the director walked out onto the stage to show his gratitude to the buyers for their patience and understanding; During all of this, the home manager was opening the doors and the producer was telephoning an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C maintenance service. It was necessary of course, since we had about 5 more weeks of shows to do and could in no way make it without a decent cooling system.