Students traveling to The Festival Fringe, this summer, will return to campus with more than just cherished memories; they’ll be armed with a working knowledge of how to perform in non-traditional venues. It is something they will need to draw upon beginning this fall -- as the John A. Saks ’31 Auditorium will close its doors in June. Fundraising is currently underway and if everything continues to go well, the theatre will undergo a complete renovation.
The Hun School has contracted HDR Architects and Engineers to design the renovated theatre, new dressing rooms, shop, and adjacent STEM labs. Plans for the renovation include the creation of a center aisle, the addition of an elevated, enclosed sound and lighting booth, a fly system for lighting and curtains, and two new multipurpose dressing rooms, as well as the addition of air-conditioning.
The auditorium’s closure will inspire a creative re-imagining of on-campus performance spaces throughout the year. “From the Dining Hall to theatre in-the-round possibilities, we’ll be looking at alternative spaces in which to perform,” says Bill Esher, theatre director. Off-campus venues are also being reviewed.
If you are interested in learning more about the project or considering financial participation, please contact Andrew C. Hamlin.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.