Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 2002 Page: 66
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Williams Performing Arts Center
When Shakespeare decided to give the people
theatre, he built the Globe Theater,
one of the most extravagant buildings of
its time dedicated to the arts.
ACU follows in this manner with the Williams
Performing Arts Center, the future home of ACU fine
Slated to be finished in November 2002, the center
will be used by both the Theatre and Music departments
for plays, musicals, performances and other
university related activities. Because the building
will be used for so many different activities, special
care has been given to certain details.
"This is a very complex building because of the
acoustical requirements and the theatrical concerns
we have," said Kevin Watson, director of Campus
Services, who has been directly involved with the
construction of the facility. "The subcontractors have
done a good job and seem to be very interested in
doing it right, which makes all the difference in the
world when you are putting a building like this
The majority of school performances have recently
been held in either Sewell Theatre on campus or
the Paramount Theatre and Abilene Civic Center off
campus. Williams will handle many facets of the
music and theatre productions-although Sewell and
the Civic Center will each have at least one showand
Watson and the others working on the project are
optimistic about the building's future success.
"It will be a great venue for the performing arts
on campus and a wonderful place for patrons of the
arts to come and enjoy quality performances,"
Watson said. "I believe it will be one of the finest university
performing spaces anywhere in the country
While some students are indifferent to the construction
of the building, many are looking forward
to Williams' completion, especially drama and music
students who plan on participating in productions
when the building is complete.
Because ACU has numerous productions during
the year in which students either participate or produce,
such a facility can help students raise the quality
of their productions. This will give them the best
experience when they graduate and possibly continue
in a career in the fine arts.
By May, the entire structure was closed up, with
most of the floors ready for sheetrock, and the main
components of the building were almost all in place.
As long as all goes well, by the middle of the fall
semester the building should be up and running.
Then ACU students can attend performances in
their own extravagant building, one that
Shakespeare could be proud of.
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