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 https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2016/10/27/175282/theatre-under-the-stars-needs-more-space-invites-public-to-help-with-funding/

 

There have been advantages and disadvantages to the growth of Theatre Under the Stars’ Humphreys School. “Over the past several years, we’ve had to turn students away because we didn’t have enough classrooms to accommodate the number of students that wanted classes here,” says Carol Thornburg, Chief Development Officer at TUTS.  The group runs the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, which grooms more than 1,000 kids every year in acting, singing, and dancing.



 

But they’ve outgrown their home at the Hobby Center for the Performing Artsdowntown.  “We have had to rent other space that’s not in our own facilities here because we just didn’t have enough rehearsal space for two productions going at one time,” Thornburg explains.

 

Now, they’re trying to raise money for a new building. It’ll extend from the west end of the current arts and education building along Walker Street, where a small surface parking lot sits right now.  The three-story, 20,000 sq. ft. structure will include a black box theater and additional studio and classroom space.

 

More than $10 million have been raised from foundations and private donors in a campaign led by TUTS Board Chair Amy Pierce. That includes $4 million from Houston philanthropist Margaret Alkek Williams, who will have the building named after her. Now they’re opening up the campaign to the public to raise the remaining $5 million. “We will be offering opportunities to have your name on a chair in the black box studio or to have your name on a music note on a wall display that we’re doing,” Thornburg says.

 

Part of the money will also go towards bringing in high profile talent to help develop new works as part of their Artistic Excellence Fund. Construction is set to begin next June with hopes of completion by the fall of 2018.

 

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This is very good news indeed.Thank you for sharing it. The more music education, the better. How much do you have to donate to get your name on a musical note?

 

That would be too cool.

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On 11/2/2016 at 9:11 PM, Urbannizer said:

Here's the site. It's more of an extension of the Hobby Center.

 

 

NM.  Duplicate

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11 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

Here's the site. It's more of an extension of the Hobby Center.

 

 

 

Well, yes.  It's an addition to the current Humphreys School Building.  The explosion of arts facilities continues.  Really amazing.

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19 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

Here's the site. It's more of an extension of the Hobby Center.

 

 

 

I always did believe they need to find another moniker other than "hobby". Especially now that the two are physically connected. Music should not be lumped in with something that implies that you don't take it seriously.

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5 hours ago, Majore12 said:

 

I always did believe they need to find another moniker other than "hobby". Especially now that the two are physically connected. Music should not be lumped in with something that implies that you don't take it seriously.

Hobby Center is named after William P. Hobby, a former liutenant governor. Hobby Airport shares a namesake with the musical center.

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I knew that.....I was just testing everyone. :lol:

 

That's a part of history I'm not very familiar with so thank you for clarifying that. I'm not a political person nor do I pay much attention to how buildings get their names.

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The Hobby name is huge in Houston. 

That name in Houston is almost as big as the super philanthropists:

 

The Cullens,

Jesse Jones,

William Rice,

The Alkeks,

 

I am not big on changing names of most things. 

 

I hate that most of the older buildings downtown are now known by their street number. 

 

Let's not talk about changing street names, lol. 

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