Abilene Christian University’s homecoming musicals quickly will have a new residence, bringing the theater productions to campus for the 1st time in decades.
All it requires is a $9.5 million renovation of Cullen Auditorium that will see the facility receive a new name honoring a singer with ties to the university.
“The impetus for this venture is similar to the soccer stadium,” Vice President of Functions Kevin Campbell mentioned. “The soccer stadium introduced alumni again to campus in a important way and allowed us to do additional gatherings on campus. Our donor saw how that transformed campus. They desired us to host our homecoming musical on campus, so our alumni would be equipped to stay on campus and interact with campus.”
The work is scheduled to be completed in about 10 months, Campbell reported.
ACU is ending the setting up of its freshman dorm, Bullock Dormitory, on East North 16th Street, with options to open the facility to students when they return for Wildcat Week Aug. 16.
A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 20.
The university is also in the midst of a $48 million renovation task at Moody Coliseum that will renovate the facility as ACU carries on to maximize its Division I NCAA athletics resume.
What’s in a name?
That new name?
Pat Boone Theatre, named immediately after the recording artist who was wildly popular in the 1950s and 60s with 45 million documents offered in the R&B, pop, rock and gospel genres.
Boone’s recording profession saw 6 No. 1 singles, 18 songs in the Top 10 and much more than 25 in the Top rated 20 tracks in the state, earning an induction in the Gospel Songs Hall of Fame.
He also appeared in 12 movies.
As for connections to ACU, Boone recorded his gospel album, “My God and I,” with ACU’s A Capella Chorus in 1961 and served as visitor host of Sing Track in 1968, the calendar year Moody Coliseum opened.
Boone is the uncle of Grant Boone, the voice of Wildcats sporting situations.
The identify adjust arrived about because the premier donor for the undertaking, who is nameless, was a close buddy or admirer of the recording artist and preferred to honor individuals connections, university President Phil Schubert explained.
The university’s strategies for Pat Boone Theatre will see the facility completely transform into a overall performance area substantially like a Broadway theater, Schubert mentioned.
This consists of each renovations patrons will notice and backstage improvements that will provide to enhance the quality of general performance.
- a north-facing entrance and foyer building the facility much more obvious and obtainable to the community
- digitally managed, state-of-the-artwork lighting, seem and acoustical clouds
- various structural improvements to accommodate established set up
- replacing a 41-yr-old heating, air flow and air conditioning (HVAC) process with a quiet system needed for overall performance venues
- expanding the north aspect with dressing rooms and a eco-friendly area for visiting performers
- reconfigured seating with more aisles.
Campbell mentioned the HVAC substitute and the aisles are two of the biggest adjustments that will be discovered.
Though the loud unit’s substitute will make it superior for performers and viewers, alike, the aisles will let the theater to welcome more patrons even nevertheless there will be less seats.
“Individuals would want to sit close to the ends and not sit in the center,” he reported. “As well as, this brings our seating up to code.”
As soon as done, Pat Boone Theatre will seat involving 730 and 750 people. Cullen’s current floor approach has 815 seats.
It would not just be a theater area, although.
As was Cullen prior to it, Pat Boone Theatre will be the household of ACU’s A Capella Chorus, the college chorale, the wind ensemble, live performance band, the Civic Orchestra of Abilene, the jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble and a lot more scholar groups.
Timothy Chipp addresses education and learning and is general assignments reporter for the Abilene Reporter-Information. If you recognize domestically driven news, you can guidance community journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.