The College secured a $200,000 earmark from the State of Ohio’s capital allocations budget and now is modernizing the main and west entrances and finishing the foyer of its Regina Auditorium. The renovation project began in March and is expected to be complete by summer.
The state appropriation is financing all new, updated exterior and interior doors, with enhanced accessibility ingress, at the main entrance to the auditorium. The funding also will provide for entries at each of the main aisles inside the hall to better separate the lobby from the performance area.
Ambiance inside the auditorium will be enhanced with state-of-the-art lighting rigging for the stage. New carpet, ceiling tiles, LED lighting and bottle-fill fountains also will add to the experience in the foyer.
This is the second phase in the restoration of the auditorium in the former Regina High School building on the College campus. Donations and capital funds allowed for construction of a box office and concession stand for the facility in 2019. Notre Dame continues to raise money to renovate the restrooms in the facility for ADA-accessibility and, finally, to renew the main field of the performing space, which includes seating, lighting and infrastructure.
Regina Auditorium serves as home to the College’s vocal, instrumental, theatre and dance performing arts programs, which offer multiple concerts, recitals, plays and showcases throughout each academic year. Most performances are free, and all are open to the public. A full performance schedule for the upcoming year will kick-off in July 2021.
The facility also is the main site of Mercury Theatre Company, which started performing at Regina Auditorium as the College’s in-residence theatre artists in 2012. The company assumed direction of Notre Dame’s theatre performing arts programs in 2015.
Most recently, Pierre Brault, a co-director of Mercury Theatre Company and a member of Notre Dame’s performing arts faculty, hosted a national call for scripts for the College’s annual New Play Festival. Five works were chosen for a staged reading in Regina Auditorium in mid-March. The winner of the competition, Maggie Lou Rader, will see her work, Alice In Neverland, produced for a world premiere on April 24. Funding for the 2021 New Play Festival is provided by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Regina Auditorium is located at 1857 South Green Road at the College’s main entrance to campus.
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