Pacific Lutheran University Announces the Opening of the Karen Hille Center for the Performing Arts
Source Newsroom: Pacific Lutheran University
Newswise — TACOMA, Wash. Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) and the School of Arts and Communication announces the opening on Oct. 12 of the new Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and its inaugural season.
With more than 600 seats, all with improved sightlines and a state-of the art sound and lighting, the Phillips Center is taking its place as the South Sound’s premiere performing arts venue. Hosting the Theatre program – the mainstage and studio theater productions, as well as the opera and jazz series, the center’s premier season will be one to remember, boasting productions ranging from classic Shakespeare to musicals harkening back to the Golden Age of Broadway.
"The completion of this incredible venue will be one of those moments in time that will significantly impact the history of PLU, the arts on our campus, and the South Sound performing arts scene," says Cameron Bennett, Dean of the School of Arts and Communication.
On October 12, the Saturday evening of homecoming weekend, the PLU community will celebrate the completion of one of the university’s more ambitious projects.
The 45,900-square-foot center takes the name of Karen Hille Phillips ’55, a nursing graduate and former PLU regent who, upon her death, bequeathed more than $10 million to alma mater which was used for the completion of the project. The entire three-year, $20 million endeavor will officially open with the production of Cole Porter’s Tony Award–winning “Kiss Me, Kate.”
Tickets for the opening gala, as well as the rest of the performances will be available Oct. 1.
Full theatre schedule: http://www.plu.edu/communication-theatre/calendar/home