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With a little help from their friends, New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad, now has a bright, lighted marquee above its new home. Photo courtesy of Ben Swanson
Founded 18 years ago, NVA first moved into the building in 2006 and in 2009 became the sole entity, renting out the entire 9,400-square-foot building. File photo
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New marquee lights up for holidays

CARLSBAD — The New Village Arts Theatre, at 2787 State St., is getting a facelift. 


The building — originally the location of Bauer Lumber — is one of the oldest in Carlsbad Village, so NVA decided it was time for some improvements. Earlier in the year, the exterior paint was updated, thanks to the help of Foundry artist Andrea Team and her husband Gary Tancrati. Now, with the support of Stephen “Hap” L’Heureux and Scott and Donna White, the theater has its very own lighted marquee.

For the holidays, in the newly refurbished space, NVA will present “Plaid Tidings” with Charles Anthony, Conor Tibbs, Daniel Filippi and Bryan Banville again this year. “Plaid Tidings,” a special holiday edition of “Forever Plaid” continues the story of the singing group whose lives were lost in an accident en route to see “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Cheer on the Plaids as they get the chance to do the holiday concert of their dreams.

There will be a “Pay-What-You-Can” preview Nov. 22 with regular performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. running from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, plus special Wednesday performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Tickets are $35 general, $25 senior at