Monroe Community College celebrates theatre renovation

Feb 17, 2017

MCC's Theatre
Credit Alex Crichton

MCC's Theatre on its Brighton Campus has been given a facelift.

Officials from the school, along with local and state representatives cut the ribbon on the $4.8 million dollar project on Friday.

It was funded by Monroe County and the State University of New York. 

MCC President Anne Kress says this is the first time the theatre has been renovated in 40 years.

"This is a big deal for our students, who are studying not just theatre but also music and theatre tech.  There are real careers in those fields, but we also know that our students need state-of-the-art learning facilities to transfer and be successful, so they are beyond delighted at the new theatre," she said.

The theatre has new lighting, a quieter more efficient heating and cooling system, five seating size options, new walls and two new ceilings. 

Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, Lori Moses says this is more than just a new space to perform in.

"We almost doubled the acoustic ability of this space.  Before it was a great space to lecture in, to give a presentation in, but it wasn't good for music.  So now we're enhancing that," she said.

In addition to serving as a student-centered facility for the performing arts, the renovated theatre is also rented out to community organizations.

Here's the MCC a cappella group "Tributones" performing on-stage at the newly renovated theatre with its improved acoustics: 

Here's MCC President Anne Kress talking about the need to provide students with the best possible learning environment: