Fine Arts Facilities 50th Anniversary

The Music and Theatre facilities were both designed by Taylor and Conner Architects and constructed at a cost of $2.3 million and dedicated on March 3rd, 1967. The dedication ceremony included a band concert, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Desiderio, a performance by the Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Nelson Bonar and concluded with the production of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman directed by George Archambeault.

The Chairman of the Fine Arts Division at that time was Kenneth Helvey, and Music faculty who worked in the new Music Building during its early years included Darwin Frederickson, Sheldon Disrud, Paul Ingham, Larry Lowder, Terry Blackley, Sara McFerrin, and Dorothy Griffith. 

The Theatre Arts program shared the 1300 building facilities with the Radio Station and English Department offices. Early full time Theatre and Radio faculty who worked in the new building included George Archambeault, George Stoughton, Todd Glen, and Richard Thompson.

Image Gallery:
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Old and New
Old and NewIn the background, Fullerton High School's Plummer Auditorium. Prior to the completion of the new facilities all productions took place at either Plummer Auditorium or the High School's Little Theatre.
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Stage Floor
Stage FloorFoundation being poured for the stage floor...
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Orchestra Pit
Orchestra Pit Construction of the Pit
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Glen and Arch
Glen and Arch Professors Todd Glen and George Archambeault sitting in the location of their future office.
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Music Building
Music Building Walls of the Music Building being set into place.
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Orchestra Pit and Basement
Orchestra Pit and BasementConstruction of the walls for the orchestra pit and the basement.
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Tilt Up
Tilt UpPre-poured concert slab wall being titled into place.
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Walls attached
Walls attachedPre-poured walls being attached to each other.
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Campus Theatre
Campus TheatreBricklayers constructing restrooms facade walls.
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Campus Theatre Fly Tower
Campus Theatre Fly TowerTower and Theatre offices... Looking north west from the 100 building.
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Center Stage
Center StageProfessor Todd Glen and unknown
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Lobby and Courtyard
Lobby and CourtyardCampus Theatre lobby and courtyard.
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Lobby at Night
Lobby at NightCampus Theatre lobby with original decor and fixtures... Wood panel wall and benches were removed in the 1970's
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Music Building
Music BuildingView from Plummer Auditorium Tower, looking east.
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Music Building
Music BuildingView of the Music Building. Remains unchanged to date except for the pendant light fixtures were removed.
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Vocal Jazz
Vocal JazzVocal Jazz Ensemble, led by instructor and composer Brent Pierce (foreground with microphone).
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Big Band
Big Bandon stage in the Campus Theatre. Circa 1970.
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Arch and Students
Arch and StudentsGeorge Archambeault with theatre students. Circa 1970.
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