Volume 47, Number 15 - March 29, 2010


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Lehman Theatre gets first facelift since 1984

By Alexandra Kramer
alexandra.kramer001@mymdc.net

A renovated Lehman Theatre will reopen its doors by the end of summer, featuring a new black box theater.

The makeover— the first to the theater since 1984—will include new dressing rooms, a studio theater,  a hydraulic orchestra pit,  a control booth,  a stage storage area and capacity to have theater overflow.

It will be completely renovated with curtains, a new stage, flooring, sound and video system, acoustical treatment, house lighting and doors.

“The arts are getting cut everywhere, but thank God Dr. José A. Vicente [North Campus president] is bucking the trend,” said Octavio Roca, interim chair of the arts and philosophy department. “We are doing amazing things in a tough economic time.”

While the Lehman Theater is being renovated with top- of-the- line technology, the black box theater is brand new. It’s literally a box, usually painted black with full blackout curtains. It can seat up to 100 people.

The site will be used for recitals, lectures, dance performances, and receptions, Roca said.

Meanwhile, the Lehman Theatre already has a full program lined up for next year. The Cuban ballet of Miami will be partnering with Miami Dade College to feature a full-length Don Quixote ballet next spring. The Miami International Film Festival may also be partnering with the Lehman Theater, Roca said.

“I would like to see the Lehman Theatre be part of everyone’s college experience,” Roca said. “Once they go they’re hooked; I’m going to give them many chances to get hooked.”

The Lehman Theatre opened its doors in 1968. It was named after William Lehman and his wife of 66 years, Joan Lehman; William Lehman was a Florida State Representative, as well as chairman of the Miami-Dade County school board. He was a well-known advocate for social justice, fighting to end racial segregation.


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