Liberty University Celebrates Grand Opening of its New Tower Theater

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Liberty University’s theater Arts program opened the new theater performing a production of Hairspray.

Liberty University kicked off its 2010 theater season in their new Tower Theater with the Broadway hit Hairspray on Friday, September 24.

Before the Tower Theaters opening performance, a special reception was held in the university’s Tilley Student Center followed by a ribbon cutting on the Tower Theaters main stage, by Liberty’s Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr.

As for the opening performance senior Sarah Seaman, who plays the lead role Tracy Turnblad, said the first performance was one of the best moments of her life. “The energy was high, everybody was excited. … It’s an honor to be the first on the stage,” she said.

Ground broke for the new theater in October 2009. The $7 million project resulted in the construction of a contemporary-style 640-seat theater with balcony seating, an orchestra pit, catwalks, a fly tower (an intricate system of ropes and pulleys that can move Broadway-size sets and scenery), a box office and 12,000 square feet of support area that includes dressing rooms, a practice room, offices, costume shop, prop room and woodworking and scene shops.

Linda Nell Cooper, head of the Theatre Arts Department at Liberty, said “The new theater is exquisite and exactly what we talked about in the planning stages, which is the room itself would be a work of art,” she said. “I feel that it is a very artistic space; it’s a creative environment. It’s relaxing, so the audience will feel very free to even be creative in their own imaginations sitting in this room.” Additional shows planned for the first season in the new theater include The Last Night of Ballyhoo, A Christmas Carol and The Phantom of the Opera.

Liberty University theater students are ranked No.1 among Christian colleges and in the top three for secular colleges with theater programs in Virginia. Students have ranked with superior placement at the Virginia Theater Association, the American College Theater Festival and the National Artistic Teachers of Music competitions.

If you would like more information regarding the Theatre Arts program please contact Miss Amanda Poch at alpoch(at)liberty(dot)edu, Mrs. Linda Nell Cooper at lncooper(at)liberty(dot)edu or call (434)582-7078.

Founded in 1971, Liberty University (http://www.liberty.edu) is the world’s largest Christian university, with over 61,000 students both on campus and off campus from all 50 states and over 80 countries around the world. We are committed to providing our students with the highest quality education in a distinctly Christian environment.

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