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New boards for those who tread the boards at the Ordway

French revolutionaries marched on it, violins wept there, a helicopter hovered and the giant chandelier crashed. Those are just some of the highlights I’ve seen happen on the main stage of the Ordway. And all that activity wore out the stage floor.

After 25 years, the stage is being shut down for seven weeks while Anderson Ladd Inc. of Minneapolis replaces the oak flooring. It’ll redo all the trap doors on the sprung floor, too.

Over the years, the floor has been sanded and resanded many times, and was finally too worn down to do it again, said Ordway Center for the Performing Arts President Patricia Mitchell.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will be the first to try out the new floor in September, followed by the Oct. 13-25 run of the national tour of the “Little House on the Prairie” musical.

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