Ted Paul Theatre for Performing Arts was built in 1967 and since then, there have been few renovations, such as replacing the seats and changing the carpet. But this time, the Ted Paul Theatre was given a full makeover.
The renovation has been long overdue since the theatre first opened more than 30 years ago. The renovation started over the summer and was done this October. Although, when the season series was launched, the theater was not complete. The Theatre & Dance Department spent over 500,000 dollars to renovate the theatre.
“We have already raised $225,000 through private donations— and we are still “selling seats” for $1,000 each. We are covering the rest with donations that we have received over the past 20 years. The total bill will be just over 500,000 dollars,” said Dr. Paul Hustoles, Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance.
Thanks to the donations we now have a more beautiful theatre that both MNSU students and community members can enjoy while they watch the shows.
The new taller, larger seats will include back support for audience members to comfortably watch the shows. The new carpet and huge velvet curtain that hides the stage adds aesthetic pleasure to overall enhance the viewing experience.
“We have a new wall separating the orchestra pit from the audience and a new sound booth in the back. We have also greatly increased our handicapped accessibility,” said Dr. Hustoles.
The first show to open the newly renovated theatre was “The Music Man”.
One thing I believe about theatre is that it’s not only the shows but the beauty of the theatre. The beauty of the theatre itself will bring more attention to people coming to watch to the shows and add excitement to the overall experience. This renovation and celebration came at a good time as the university celebrated its 150th anniversary.
Feature photo by Alison Livermore | MSU Reporter.