By Liza Massingberd
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts is officially saying goodbye to its Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre and moving in to the Newhart Family Theatre on Saturday.
The ribbon cutting ceremony and the dedication of the Newhart Family Theatre will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The new theater, which contains a total of 215 seats, is located on the second floor of Mundelein Center.
Claire Reinhart, 21, a senior theatre major, cannot wait for the opening.
“I’m genuinely excited about the Newhart. It’s a very beautiful space,” Reinhart said. “It is sad that it won’t be completely ready for my senior year, but I appreciate the legacy of this department and know that it’s going to be great for future generations of theatre students.”
Underclassmen especially realize how lucky they are to be a part of the new theatre scene.
“I’m excited to face all of the challenges that come with figuring out how to best use and perform in this new space,” said Ali Drumm, 20, a junior theatre major.
Those involved in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola are very pleased about the new theatre aesthetics, believing it is much more realistic for today’s world of professional theater.
“We’ve always wanted to put in a “thrust” stage as it is far more exemplary of the kinds of theatres people will be working in. It is most hospitable and more intimate,” said Professor Mark Lococo, head of the Theatre Department at Loyola.
The first production that will take place in the Newhart Theatre will be Illuminated Voices, directed by Sarah Gabel.
“It’s an honor to be one of the actors that gets to perform in the first production that will be put up in the space,” said actor Brian Tochterman, 21, a senior theatre major. “I get to witness and be a part of this monumental moment and new chapter for our theatre department.”