Audience members cheer for performers during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ruth and Nathan Hale Theater, which will be called The Ruth, in Pleasant Grove on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Dignitaries gathered in Pleasant Grove on Tuesday to break ground for the The Ruth and Nathan Hale Theater.

The $50 million, state-of-the-art theater and performing arts facility, will be nicknamed “The Ruth,” in honor of the original theater founders. 

The facility, which is moving from Orem, is expected to be finished in time for The Ruth’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” in 2024, and is being made possible thanks to a donation of $5 million and land from Pleasant Grove-based company doTerra.

The theater will be built on the west end of the doTerra campus.

“Our excitement is only exceeded by our gratitude to Greg and Julie Cook, doTerra, Pleasant Grove City and other generous donors who have brought this project to life and started us on a path to the future,” Cody Swenson, executive director and co-founder of the Hale Center Foundation for the Arts and Education, said in a statement.

“We wouldn’t be here without the millions of theater lovers who have bought tickets, performed in shows and taken lessons. There is no limit to the magic and storytelling that will fill this new beautiful facility that we affectionately call ‘The Ruth.’”


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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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