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Pleasant Grove celebrates construction milestone of new Hale theater

Feb 19, 2024, 9:00 PM

Actors, construction workers and appreciators of the theater celebrated a milestone of construction...

Actors, construction workers and appreciators of the theater celebrated a milestone of construction during a beam-raising ceremony for the Ruth and Nathan Hale Theater in Pleasant Grove on Thursday. (Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com)

(Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com)

PLEASANT GROVE — Dozens of actors and theatergoers celebrated a milestone of construction at a beam-raising ceremony for the new Hale Theater being built in Pleasant Grove.

The ceremony late last week marked the completion of the steel structure for the building at 401 S. Pleasant Grove Blvd. on the doTERRA campus. This theater will replace Hale Center Theater Orem, which has been operating since 1990.

The Ruth and Nathan Hale Theater — or The Ruth, as it is affectionately called — is named after the founders of the Hale Center Foundation for the Arts and Education.

The Ruth will double the capacity for the main stage, with 670 seats, and allow for an expanded “in-the-round” theater. The building also includes a second performing space for smaller shows and an education wing to house the Ruth Academy for the Performing Arts, which provides arts education for youth and adults.

Cody Swenson, executive director and co-founder of the Hale Center Foundation for the Arts and Education, said it is “mind-blowing” how fast the building is going up. He said looking at the steel forming the bones of the theater, he is excited for it to be made beautiful through the rest of the construction.

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Pleasant Grove celebrates construction milestone of new Hale theater