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Averett Breaks Ground for Pritchett Auditorium Renovations

April 19, 2013

Thursday was an exciting day in the life of Averett University as it broke ground for the renovation of Pritchett Auditorium, which is part of the University's $25 million capital campaign. Once the renovations are complete, the facility will be known as the Pritchett Fine Arts Center.

"Think about the difference this new facility will make in the life of our students," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks during the groundbreaking event April 18. "Envision with me the events we will be able to hold in this expanded facility."

The renovations, which are expected to cost $1.65 million, will include an expanded lobby to provide event-seating for 100 and an art gallery with standing room for 600 people. This new lobby will allow Averett to host dinner theatre events, gallery exhibitions for student and visiting artists, host performer receptions and provide an arts-community gathering space currently not in existence elsewhere in Danville. In addition, the facility will be outfitted with an upgraded heating/air conditioning system, first floor restrooms, new windows, new stage curtains and an orchestra pit.

Thanks to several donors, including JTI Leaf Services, the estate of Barbara Floyd, Bon App├ętit Management Company and anonymous gifts the University was able to break ground on April 18. English Construction was selected to work on the project.

"None of these dramatic improvements would be possible without our donors," Franks said. "We extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who have given to this project."

"We are thrilled about this project and what it means not just for the theatre department and for Averett, but for the community as a whole."