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Fred Stone Theater plans in action

Construction of the new Fred Stone Theater will begin this summer. 

The new black box theater will include many more features compared to the one-room space it used to be, increasing five times in size, according to Scott Bitikofer, assistant vice president of Facilities Services. The building is projected to be completed by the start of the 2020 school year. 

The space will include technical and dance classrooms, offices, dressing rooms, and a variety of other amenities that the former facility did not have before, Bitikofer said. 

The complete plans are not yet available to the student body. 

“It would be premature to publicly release plans at this time,” said Bitikofer, although the theater’s features are confirmed and will be implemented. 

Construction of the new theater comes after the previous building, built in 1926, was demolished after assessments showed major structural issues, which were deemed a risk to students who used it. It was condemned in March 2018 and demolished in stages over the ensuing months.

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