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Theatre program presents Benefit Performance

The Penn State Berks Theatre program will present a special benefit performance of the Greek tragedy Medea on Sunday, November 7, 2010 to benefit the Betty Lou McLean Endowment for the Department of Theatre at Penn State Berks. The benefit will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a tribute to McLean in the Janssen Conference Center. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. The tribute will include comments from former students, family, and friends, and will be followed by the Penn Players performance of the Greek tragedy Medea at 2:00 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Theatre.

McLean was a prominent figure in Berks County's creative community for more than fifty years. She taught arts and theatre at Penn State Berks for more than twenty-five years, was instrumental in the development of Berks Summer Theatre, and acted as faculty advisor to Penn Players, a student theatre group. In addition to her contributions to theatrical education at the college, she also taught individual and group acting classes at the Institute for the Arts in Wyomissing.

A skilled director and actor, she was also a make-up designer more than four decades for Reading Civic Opera Society, now Reading Civic Theatre. She was also an active member of Berks Arts Council. She was married for more than 50 years to her husband, Bruce, also a prominent director and actor in Reading's theatre community.

The naming of Betty Lou McLean Endowment for the Department of Theatre provides a deserved and proper honor to McLean's legacy. Beginning immediately, these funds will be awarded annually to benefit projects and programs in Penn State Berks' Theatre department. The funds will exist in perpetuity, ensuring for years to come that the department of Theatre's curtain will rise and fall at Penn State Berks and that McLean will be remembered at Penn State Berks and throughout the community as an instrumental figure in the Berks county theatre.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Contact the Development Office to reserve your space at 610-396-6056.
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