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Wells Theater


The Wells Theater is a $1.8 million state-of-the-art theater space opened in 1990.  It features computerized lighting control, a counterweighted fly system, large scenic and costume studios, a design studio with a CAD system and plotter as well as several Mac computers, and computerized front-of-house operations.  Crimson Masque, the department’s drama society, involves well over 100 students each year in four faculty directed productions. 

Additionally, substantial opportunities for student directing, playwriting, acting and designing are available each year.  The recently established "W.I.T. Studio Theatre" in the lower level of Haldeman-Theissen Center offers an experimental, "black-box" space primarily dedicated to student projects and productions, substantially increasing the opportunities for students to pursue projects of their own design and interest.

In October 1990, the new Wells Theater was formally dedicated in honor of Ruth Wells.  The portico and plaza at the entrance of the theater were dedicated and names for Grace Gawthrop Peterson, Monmouth’s reigning presence on the music faculty for more than 50 years.  The premiere production at the Wells Theater was James Goldman’s The Lion in the Winter.