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Place - Prescott Fine Arts
Theatre and Administration Office
208 North Marina
Prescott, Arizona 86301
Web-Site * 928-445-3286
DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:
Built in the late 1880s,
this lovely brick structure and the adjacent two story building were originally
Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Rectory. In 1895, Fr. Alfred Quetu, who
came to Prescott to minister to the Indians, invited Fr. Edmond Clossen,
Father Michael and another local priest to join his ministry and stay
in the church's rectory. Seven years later, Fr. Clossen died and was buried
under the altar of the church by his request.
In the late 1960s, this
parish had outgrown the facilities, so a new, bigger church and rectory
were built elsewhere in Prescott, and this old church and rectory would
be sold, but not before Fr. Clossen's remains were reburied. However,
it was discovered that Fr. Clossen's remains were not under the altar
at all! Yikes! His corpse is still missing!!
Prescott Fine Arts Association bought the old church and its
rectory and changed the church into a theater, which has transformed
the old alter into a stage. The old rectory building is now the home to
administrative offices, dressing rooms, prop and costume storage, and
a meeting room.
The Association offers a
variety of arts programs. They have a regular theater season, Children's
Theater, musical concerts and have visual arts shows and exhibits on
the lover level of the theater. These exhibits "cover everything
from sculpture to watercolor, oils, pottery, photography, jewelry and
the annual Holiday Gift Show and Sale."
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
In both the theater and
old rectory building, open doors are closed, closed doors are opened,
and lights are turned off and on.
A) Theater Manifestations:
1) While checking the
lighting on stage for the next scene, a volunteer saw a shadow of an
entity float effortlessly in front of a painted moon prop.
2) After a performance,
the stage crew were busy setting up the props needed for a bar scene
in the next day's show. Two glasses flew up from the table into the
air and crashed to the floor.
B) Old Rectory Building:
When theater members and
performers are trying to get ready for a performance, often a rattling
noise can be heard coming from Father Michael's old second floor room. Every time,
people rush up stairs to try to find the source of this noise, which they
haven't found yet. Father Michael gets his chuckles and some company as
It seems several entities
are keeping an eye on the living.