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Originally published: 2014-06-09 13:21:16
Last modified: 2014-06-09 13:21:16

Lees-McRae College to dedicate studio space expansion

Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk announces that the Lauritsen Technical Theatre and Design Studio dedication will be held on July 17 on-site of the newly constructed building. 

The dedication will be free and open to the public. Following the dedication will be an invitation-only luncheon for donors and special guests.

The college broke ground on this newest addition in November 2013, and with construction still on schedule, the building will be ready for use by the staff of Summer Theatre for its anticipated lineup of musicals.

"Thanks to a very generous lead donation from friends of the college, Kay and Jim Lauritsen, whose name the building will bear, this long-awaited dream is now a reality. The building will be used primarily by the Performing Arts Department and Summer Theatre, but will also have secondary uses for the communication arts and design programs, as well as other majors," according to college officials.

The primary use of the building will be to build sets for use in productions by the college and the Summer Theatre program. Additionally, it will provide storage and workspace. 

"For this very purpose, the second floor will be named 'Doc's Attic' in honor of faculty emeritus, Dr. Janet Speer, better known as 'Doc,'" officials said. "Doc has always had an affinity for props and furnishings, and finding unique and creative ways to use discarded items for production work. This space is a perfect way to commemorate her impact on performing arts at Lees-McRae."

For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at (828) 898-8777. For more information about performing arts at LMC, visit or call (828) 898-5241.