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Bunge Theatre to see renovation thanks to alumna support

June 9, 2014 at 8:10 am

The Bunge Theatre in the Neese Theatre building will soon see an extensive renovation thanks to the generosity of Eleanor (Nor) Hall’69 and her husband Roger Hale.

Among the planned renovations, students and classes can enjoy additional lighting, sound, projection, and seating. It is hoped that this space will also provide a much-needed experimentation and learning place for theatre and non-theatre users—a stage for which students can practice the liberal arts through innovation, design, testing, and performing.

Over the years, Nor and Roger have helped shape Beloit College with their generous gifts for dance, theater, the Logan Museum, spiritual life, the Poetry Garden, and a scholarship for an international student from the United World College in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Nor’s interests span many areas, reinforced by her experiences at Beloit during the innovative Beloit Plan years. A double major in anthropology and religious studies, she spent off campus time in Taiwan and traveling around the U.S. by Greyhound bus visiting experimental churches.

Nor and Roger understand first-hand how improvements to the space support creativity and reinforcement of the liberal arts, partly because they have enjoyed watching their scholarship student in performances at the college and observing how studying, performing, and volunteering in the theater department enriches his entire experience at Beloit. Nor’s appreciation for the value this holds for students exemplifies how Beloiters embrace interdisciplinary perspectives.

The possibilities and opportunity for hands-on, creative, and technical experience this generous gift enables are endless.