Park Square’s second stage to open Friday

After five months of construction, Park Square Theatre’s new thrust stage is nearing completion.

Park Square Theatre  Andrea Canter

Area students will get to see the new space first with school matinees beginning on Wednesday. The stage opens to the general public on Friday with previews of “The House on Mango Street.”

Located in the lower level of St. Paul’s historic Hamm Building, the Andy Boss Thrust Stage will seat 203.

This is in addition to Park Square’s proscenium main stage, which seats 350.

The second stage cost $3.5 million to build, of which $250,000 remains to be raised. Park Square Theatre has a 20-year lease on the space.

The new venue is named in honor of the late local business and community leader W. Andrew Boss.