Peru State reschedules grand opening of Performing Arts Center

Peru State reschedules grand opening of Performing Arts Center

Peru, Nebraska – Peru State College has announced that its late October grand opening for the Performing Arts Center has been postponed until spring 2019. The College has tentatively identified Friday, May, 3, 2019, as the date of the rescheduled event.

Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, wrote the campus community, “Recent record rains have made it clear the Sesquicentennial Plaza will not be completed in time. We would like to celebrate as a community when the project is fully completed.”

Donors and key stakeholders were contacted about the change late last week with postcards scheduled to be sent to nearby residents will be sent out later this week.

A crane is in the forground with a mix of new and old fixtures arranged behind it.

Work continues inside the historic theatre.

What will be remodeled into the Performing Arts Center was originally built in 1921 and the theatre retains the sweeping curves of the time period. The new addition includes a new main and second floor lobby, costume and props workshops, dressing rooms, a green room, new bathrooms and an extended stage.

The Sesquicentennial Plaza will also be added to celebrate the College’s founding 150 years ago in 1867. The Plaza will ost outdoor events and a Cat in the Hat bronze sculpture. The Cat in the Hat sculpture is in honor of the years of Dr. Seuss activities held on campus by Peru State education students.

New facades grace the western wall of the theatre. The facades, Windows to the Past, were sculpted by Jay Tschetter. They  reflect photographs gathered for the sesquicentennial book project, Nebraska’s First College.

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