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Newly renovated Kepler Center 'Combination of all the arts here on campus'

March 30, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • The newly renovated Kepler Center has new features such as a second floor and a black-box theater that also serves as a dance studio.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

With new features such as a second floor and a black-box theater that also serves as a dance studio, the newly renovated Kepler Center was dedicated Friday at Hagerstown Community College.

“This building is everything we could dream it could be,” said HCC student Satia Williamson ofWashington, D.C. “It is a combination of all the arts here on campus.”

Williamson, 28, is majoring in psychology but attended HCC in 2006 as a theater major.

Williamson said she spent time in the old building then and talked about how the improvements have enhanced the Kepler Center.

“All the instructors from every department are here, and we get to interact more,” said Williamson, who takes art classes at HCC. “It’s not just the theater.”

Students, faculty, and administration members gathered in the new theater from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to recognize the renovations and people involved in the project.

HCC’s Robinwood Players also put on a preview of their upcoming performance, “Camelot,” which will be staged on Sunday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m.

Sarah Lum of Hagerstown, 18, a music major who is playing the role of Queen Guinevere in “Camelot,” said she loves the practice rooms and the open space in the new building.

“If I want to go work on the piano or music theory I can go do that in one of the practice rooms,” she said. “Last semester our music program was kind of in the classroom building and the advanced technology center.”

Rachael Marion, 23, who is taking her first theater class this semester, said that she also enjoys the practice rooms.

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