Huntingdon News

February 20, 2013
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon hosts open house for new theater

Montgomery, Ala.—The stage is set, the curtains are hung, and the name has been placed above the front doors as Huntingdon College prepares for an Open House for the new Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater, Sunday, February 24, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The theater was constructed in the auditorium of the former Cloverdale School building on what has since 2002 been Huntingdon's Cloverdale Campus.  The new space preserves the historic significance of the former space but adds a modern twist in newly installed soft-backed retractable seating, updated sound and lighting equipment, and a modern entrance and ticket booth in the foyer of what is now Huntingdon's Cloverdale Administrative Building. 

A long-held dream of many who know Huntingdon’s history with community and college theater productions, the project, part of the College's Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign, was funded by the person for whom it is named.  Leo Drum, a long-time neighbor and friend of the College, wanted the gift to remain private until after his death or the project's completion.  Mr. Drum died in January 2012. 

According to Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West, Drum, who was preceded in death by his wife and sister and had no children, was moved by the opportunity for the Drum name to live on.  His interest grew further when he learned that the theater would be next door to the College's Weil Center, a building that is named for Huntingdon trustee Dr. Laurie Jean Weil, daughter of Drum’s best friend, the late Bucks Weil.  Finally, Drum wanted to give a lasting gift to the Cloverdale community and to the city of Montgomery—a space that would add to the treasure he believed Huntingdon is. 

The Drum Theater Open House is free and open to the public. All members of the College family, friends, neighbors, and alumni are invited to attend.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall.  Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for two years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contributions to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges.

Huntingdon's Cultural and Community Events Series events are co-sponsored by Baptist Health.


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