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Rodgers to become CenterPoint Legacy Theatre
by Jenniffer Wardell
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RENDERING shows the front lobby of the Davis Cultural Arts Center (DCAC), which is currently under construction. Rodgers Memorial Theatre will become CenterPoint Legacy Theatre after the move to the DCAC in 2011.
RENDERING shows the front lobby of the Davis Cultural Arts Center (DCAC), which is currently under construction. Rodgers Memorial Theatre will become CenterPoint Legacy Theatre after the move to the DCAC in 2011.
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CENTERVILLE — When 2011 rolls around, Rodgers Memorial Theatre will have both a new name and a new home to play in.

The group behind the theater company, which will be moving to the Davis Cultural Arts Center (DCAC) in early 2011, recently announced that after the move they’ll be known as CenterPoint Legacy Theatre. The new organization, which will be the main tenant at the DCAC, will consist of the Rodgers Memorial Theatre group and others who are interested in the arts.

“We’ll have the same values, and the same mission statement,” said Glenn McKay, chairman of the theater’s board of directors. “We’re just in a new house.”

The new name was announced via fanfare and a short video presented to audiences gathered for the March 26 opening of “H.M.S. Pinafore,” which is currently on stage at Rodgers. The video touched on the history of the theater and included a dedication to founder Ralph Rodgers.

“We wanted a name that would both capture the legacy of theater in the county and put out a new stepping stone,” said Kevin Ellis, a member of the theater’s board of trustees. “We wanted a name that would take us into the future.”

The theater also unveiled a capital fund-raising push that they also hope will take them into the future. Residents can sponsor either seats or pavers at the new theater (along with other opportunities to donate), the money for which will go toward the $1.5 million it will take to furnish and prepare the theater for opening.

Until then, Rodgers Memorial Theatre will be finishing out its 2010 season in the current facility. The DCAC is still on target to be completed in late 2010, with CenterPoint’s first season scheduled to kick off in early 2011.

“There’s just so much we can do with the plays in the new theater,” said McKay. “Hopefully, there will be other arts groups that will come in and take advantage of the DCAC as well.”

For more information on how to contribute to the new theater, please call Susan Bellomy at 801-750-6214 or Kevin Ellis at 801-390-9720.

“We see it as a new chapter in the legacy,” said Susan Bellomy, director of marketing and communications for Rodgers.

“It’s kind of fitting that we’ll have a new name.”

jwardell@davisclipper.com

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