In 1992, a group of Hagerstown Community College alumni sitting around a kitchen table came up with the idea for an amphitheater.
Eight years later, their idea has become reality.
The $1 million Hagerstown Community College Alumni Amphitheater was formally dedicated Saturday afternoon before a crowd of about 70 people. The theater, a grand open-air stage facing a hillside of tiered seating, hosted its first event Friday night, a performance of the musical "Evita."
HCC President Norman P. Shea told the audience Saturday that the idea to build an amphitheater at the college originated during a meeting of alumni around Jack Hall's kitchen table.
Hall, co-chair of the Amphitheater Committee, said the facility has "truly gone farther than I ever thought."
Committee Co-Chair Joyce Ott said the alumni, community and friends of HCC "worked long and hard" to make the amphitheater a reality.