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KU breaks ground for renovation of Schaeffer Auditorium


March 23, 2012

KUTZTOWN, Pa -- On March 22, Kutztown University broke ground for the renovation and expansion of the Schaeffer Auditorium, originally constructed in 1938. In 2013 it will enjoy its 75th anniversary.

The auditorium will be under renovation for 18 months as it receives attention to the interior of the building for restoration and maintenance as well as the addition of new features. These features include "smart" classrooms, a loading dock, freight and passenger elevators, and backstage areas as well.

The 14,000 square foot expansion will create room for green rooms, dressing rooms, practice rooms, additional restrooms, instrument and equipment storage, and music classrooms. The expansion will also include a small gallery display in a connecting glass stairway as well as a new plaza with water element as an outdoor connection between the Auditorium and the Sharadin Arts Building.

In the past, Schaeffer has hosted luminary figures such as jazz artist Maynard Ferguson, Grateful Dead front-man Jerry Garcia, Grammy-award winning hip hop artist and actor Common, and Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

Schaeffer Auditorium is named for Dr. Nathan Schaeffer, an innovative figure in Pennsylvania education who served as the Principal of the Keystone Normal School, which would become Kutztown University, as well as the State Superintendent of Schools.

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