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5 facts about the $29 million Millikin Center for Theatre and Dance breaking ground Friday

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Millikin University Center for Theatre and Dance

A rendering of the Millikin University Center for Theatre and Dance is shown. 

Millikin University on Friday will break ground on the Center for Theatre and Dance.

Here’s some background about what’s planned:

WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED

Millikin officials in October announced plans for a $25 million facility that “include a convertible theater in addition to well-equipped studios, classrooms, design labs and public spaces for the School of Theatre and Dance.”

"Millikin is ranked in the top 10 for musical theater programs in the country, including universities many times our size," said Millikin President Patrick White said at the time. "To keep our students and our program at this extremely high level we need a Center for Theatre and Dance to allow room for growth, to expand what we can accomplish, not only for the actors and dancers, but also to provide growth in the rapidly developing areas of arts technology, lighting and sound and costume design."

WHERE IT IS PLANNED

The Richards Treat University Center is being demolished for the project. Many of the offices and functions of Richards Treat have already been moved to the University Commons.

WHAT IT REPLACES

Performance venues, studios, classrooms and offices are currently scattered in 12 buildings on and off campus.

WHEN IT WILL OPEN

Plans are to open the building by fall 2020. The Decatur firm BLDD is the architect.

WHAT IS ENROLLMENT

The School of Theatre and Dance has 250 undergraduate students, a 42 percent increase between 2012 and 2017.


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