Opened in 1964, the Light Fine Arts Building houses the Departments of Theatre Arts, Music, and Art. Located within the building is the Dalton Theatre, named after Dorothy Upjohn Dalton, a former student and trustee of the College. It is an open theatre designed by James Hull Miller, which has seating for 400. FAB, as it is sometimes called, also has a smaller recital hall which seats 140. In addition to these facilities, the building includes classrooms, music rehearsal rooms, art studios and an art gallery as well as dressing rooms and a costume shop. Two other theatres are located in the building -- the Dungeon and The Playhouse. The Dungeon, an arena-style theatre, was built for experimental collaborations between students and faculty. In 1977, the Playhouse opened, which was constructed in the style of a thrust theatre, becoming the first of its kind in Michigan. It seats 300 people.
Dorothy Dalton played an instrumental role in developing the theatre program at Kalamazoo College. She supported the Light Fine Arts building as well as the Dungeon and the Festival Playhouse. This is Schiavone Studio negative number 50110.
Brochure for the first season of The Playhouse which lists major productions in Dalton Theatre as well as Festival Playhouse productions from 1965-1976. Plays during the 1977-78 season included The Innocents, by William Archibald, Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, and The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.
(1964-06-13) Kalamazoo College. Light Fine Arts Building
Program containing the schedule of events for the Light Fine Arts Building dedication ceremony. A list of facility specifications and faculty are given, as well. The last page features a list of highlighted events to be performed in the Fine Arts Building during the 1964-65 school year.