Theater cooling

I donate my skills at a local theatre. It is an all volunteer playhouse. That means all of the actors, directors, producers, ushers, and dancers are there, actually working honestly hard, for free. The funds raised by ticket sales pay for the productions themselves, and the upkeep and service of the theatre building. That maintenance includes the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C system. The main seating area seats about 250 people. The small “black box” theatre holds about 150 folks. So at any given performance, the 400 shoppers plus the 100 to 200 folks responsible for each show, means that there are 500 to 600 folks in the building who need to be heated up or cooled off, according to the weather outside. One night, during intermission, I was standing behind the curtain – preparing for my third act entrance – and I heard the undefined shut off. In the beginning  I thought it was just cycling through, but after about 2 minutes on stage, under those boiling hot  lights and inside a heavy period-particular costume, I realized the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C was not properly working respectfully, if at all. As I began to sweat, I noticed folks in the audience fanning themselves with their programs. It was really 75 degrees outside and the theatre was suddenly about to be at a matching temperature. The two of us muscled through the third act, trying to not be concerned about our comfort and exceedingly uncomfortable audience members. Some folks in the seats were removing layers of clothing as the auditorium grew more and more steamy, like they say, “the show must go on!” As soon as the curtain indicated the end of the performance, the director walked out onto the phase to thank the viewers for their patience and understanding; Meanwhile, the condo manager was flinging open the doors and the producer was calling an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C repair service. I mean, the folks I was with and I had numerous more weeks of show and could not possibly keep going on night after night  without a actually working cooling system.