for Newly Renovated
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated
Wachovia Theatre was held in September. Formerly Meridian Theatre,
it was renamed in recognition of the generous support of Wachovia
The ribbon cutting launched the fall season of
the Domino Players and preceded the opening night performance of
"Art" starring Albright faculty John Pankratz and James
Speese, and alumnus Nathan Roberts ’00.
Julia Matthews, newly appointed director of theatre,
says she is thrilled to be at an institution with such a commitment
to the arts and a desire to move forward. Not only will patrons
to the theatre be more comfortable, she says, but "we also
have some extraordinary new teaching tools." Matthews replaced
long-time director of theatre Lynn Morrow, who retired in June.
One of the new teaching tools is a state-of-the-art
lighting control system purchased from Electronic Theatre Controls
(ETC), a premier lighting manufacturer. Wayne Vettleson, technical
director/theatre manager, says the new system, which uses the CAD
program, allows students to work in a "virtual theatre."
"We can pretend to have control fixtures
we don’t actually have and manipulate them in the virtual
theatre," he says. "It’s great for teaching the
design of other types of theatres."
Both aesthetic and technological renovations have
been made in the initial phase of the renovation. The theatre has
received new lighting alcoves, carpeting and seats. A video monitoring
system and projection screen have also been installed.
Phase II will involve the renovation of the Wachovia Theatre lobby area. If you would like to contribute to the
renovation project, contact the Development Office at 610-921-7653
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