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College Celebrates Completion of Roy W. Smith Theater Renovation

CRANFORD – On September 29, 2021, Union County College hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a massive renovation of the Roy W. Smith Theater on the Cranford campus. The College’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin welcomed guests and noted how transformative this improved and modernized space will be for students. Present for the ceremony were Union County Commissioners Christopher Hudak, Bette Jane Kowalski, and Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded, Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel, and Union County College Board of Board of Governors Chair Mary M. Zimmermann and Vice Chair Lawrence D. Bashe. After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, theater students entertained attendees with a brief performance in the new space.

Getting ready to cut the ribbon! Holding the big scissors with President McMenamin is Union County Board of County Commissioner Kimberly Palmieri-Mouled. Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel, Union County College Board of Governors Chair Mary M. Zimmerman, Union County College Board of Governors Vice Chair Lawrence D. Bashe and Union County Board of County Commissioners Christopher Hudak and Bette Jane Kowalski were also in attendance.

The comprehensive renovation of the Theater included: complete redesign, new interior finishes and seating, new state of the art lighting upgrades, acoustical improvements, new IT, and audio-visual equipment. The Theater now includes maple finish wall and ceiling panels, acoustical wall panels at rear wall for reverberation control, LED lighting, new retractable theatrical lighting, and allocated ADA seating. The 10-month renovation began in June 2020 and was substantially completed in April 2021.

This project was made possible thanks to the Union County Board of County Commissioners’ approval of the College’s request for funding via the State’s Chapter 12 program.

“Our students deserve a space where they can perform and learn. This new multiuse venue will allow our theater arts majors to practice their craft with pride. The updated and modern space will allow the College to host speakers and events for the benefit of our students to enhance their educational experience,” stated Union’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin.

For more information about Union County College, including the theater program, please visit www.ucc.edu.