Theater expansion will unite Rider campuses


by Amber B. Carter

The Alumni Gym isn’t the only thing on campus that is receiving a facelift. The Bart Luedeke Center (BLC) Theater will be expanded to accommodate the rapidly expanding enrollment in the Westminster College of the Arts theater, music theater and dance programs.

The expansion will turn the back of the theater into dressing rooms and a green room so people can rehearse before they go on and prepare for their lecture or performance without the audience watching.

There will also be a new section for an orchestra to perform.

The new renovations will make room for a black box theater and a dance studio as well.

The additions will aim to promote more unity between the Westminster and Lawrenceville   campuses because Westminster students will now have a theater on the Lawrenceville campus to perform in, as they do on their own campus.

The BLC Theater will not forget its roots, continuing to hold lectures, student programs and discussions after the expansion is complete.

The projected cost for the addition is about $3.5 million.

“All funds to support this budget will come from external gifts,” said Mike Reca, associate vice president of Auxiliary Services. “However, the number is not firm since we have not gone out to bid yet.”

Although the project still needs to be approved by the Lawrence Township Planning Board and various other regulatory agencies, construction is anticipated to begin in June 2010 and be completed by fall 2011.

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