The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts opens on April 20 with the performance of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The project has created a new face for the university’s North Campus and transformed the former Main Stage theater into “The Sophia.”
The 432-seat center provides a contemporary theater facility for faculty and student performances and for the use of the regional community. In addition, the 32,727 foot renovated space will also offer informal social and gathering spaces for the Salem State community.
Salem State University will open its state-of-the-art theatre with a performance of Bob Martin and Don McKeller’s musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone, a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. On opening night, April 20, residents of the city of Salem and members of the Salem Chamber of Commerce will receive free admission.
Tickets can be reserved and purchased by calling 978.542.6365 or at www.salemstatetickets.com. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors for the below dates and times:
Thursday, April 20, 7:30 pm (Free admission for Salem residents and Salem Chamber of Commerce members. Free tickets must be reserved ahead of time by phone: 978.542.6365.)
- Friday, April 21, 7:30 pm
- Sunday, April 23, 2 pm
- April 27, 28 and 29, 7:30 pm
- Sunday, April 30, 2 pm
The Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts was made possible through the generous support of donors and funding from the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance. Bernard and Sophia Gordon contributed $3 million for the building’s renovation and an additional $3.3 million for arts programming at Salem State. Additional funding support came from contributions to the 10,000 Reasons campaign, Salem State’s largest-ever comprehensive fundraising effort, which raised $26.5 million.
The 10,000 Reasons campaign will officially celebrate its victory on Saturday, April 22, along with the theatre’s ribbon cutting. The campaign’s success came from over 12,000 contributions, including 94 percent participation from faculty and staff and 100 percent participation from the Board of Trustees, Salem State Foundation, and the Alumni Board. The campaign’s funding priorities include student financial assistance, academic programs, student services including important support for internships, co-curricular opportunities, faculty support, and internationalization efforts, among others.