Monroe Community College unveiled its newly renovated theatre on Friday, Feb. 17.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in the Theatre Lobby in Building 4, where college officials and county representatives announced the renovation to the community.
MCC President, Anne Kress spoke at the ceremony. “We have been so fortunate at MCC throughout the years…to have received extraordinary support from Monroe County,” said Kress.
Monroe County Executive, Cheryl Dinolfo, spoke at the ceremony as well–expressing appreciation and highlighting the benefits of the theatre to the college and Monroe County. Joe Robach, New York State Senator, was also present at the ceremony.
This is the first time in 40 years that the theatre has been renovated. The State University of New York and Monroe County funded the project.
Some key changes to the theatre were made to improve acoustics, appearance, and lighting. Additional changes include a heating and cooling system, along with a newly designed ceiling.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests were welcome to come in and explore the theatre. MCC theatre students performed two musical acts, featuring one by the “Tributones”. Following the Tributones performance, MCC professor Heather Chang and two other students presented a theatre act that they also performed at Fringe Fest.
Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” will be the first performance in the new theatre. It will take place from Mar. 31 – Apr. 2.