Peru Extends Opening For Performing Arts Center

PERU – Peru State College has re-scheduled the grand opening of its Performing Arts Center until next spring.

The college’s historic theater, which was built in 1921, is being remodeled into the Sesquicentennial Plaza.

College President Dan Hanson said a grand opening this fall was originally hoped for.

Hanson: “Recent record rains have made it clear the Sesquicentennial Plaza will not be completed in time. We would like to celebrate as a community when the project is fully completed.”

The new addition includes a new main and second floor lobby, costume and props workshops, dressing rooms, a green room, new bathrooms and an extended stage.

The Sesquicentennial Plaza will also be added to celebrate the College’s founding 150 years ago in 1867. The Plaza will host outdoor events and a Cat in the Hat bronze sculpture. The Cat in the Hat sculpture is in honor of the years of Dr. Seuss activities held on campus by Peru State education students.

New facades grace the western wall of the theatre. The facades, Windows to the Past, were sculpted by Jay Tschetter. They  reflect photographs gathered for the sesquicentennial book project, Nebraska’s First College.

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