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Montreat College is building a black box theater on the college’s Montreat campus, it announced last week. The Lou Gideon Theatre is set to open this fall on the first floor of the Belk Student Center.

The theater will feature state-of-the-art equipment, LED lighting and will create a space in which theater students can rehearse and perform. Construction has already begun. A dedication is scheduled for Nov. 11. Theater became a full-fledged major this past year at the college.

“This theater is part of an ongoing effort to build an outstanding theater program at Montreat College,” said professor Callan White-Hinman, head of the Montreat College Theatre Program. “It will create a space for theater students to explore their talents and show prospective students the serious commitment that Montreat College has to the arts.

“It will also honor our dear friend Lou’s memory as a creator, writer, musician, artist and friend.”

The theater will be named in honor of Lou Gideon, a supporter of the Montreat College Theater Program and a friend of the program’s director, Callan White-Hinman.

Gideon passed away in 2014, and at her memorial service at the college’s Manor House, anonymous donors emerged to fund an on-campus black box theater dedicated in her memory.

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