BSC’s new Polytechnic Advanced Technology Center will house larger spaces for Theatre students

BSC’s new Polytechnic Advanced Technology Center will house larger spaces for Theatre students

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – Bismarck State College has a lot of enhancements in the works for the next school year. One of them is the completion of the Polytechnic Advanced Technology Center.

Soon, BSC theatre students will have a space that’s doubled in size. That’s because BSC’s new Polytechnic Advanced Technology Center will house larger spaces for theater and other programs.

“This theater I’ve performed in twice, but I think it’ll be really nice to have a bigger venue to perform in, and you know, more opportunities for shows we can perform,” said Millie Hyatt, freshman.

Right now, students build their sets and practice in the Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, but the new space will be an upgrade.

Dean Bellin has taught in the auditorium for 15 years, but said he looks forward to the growth and change.

“Yeah, I think across America, there’s been a lot of turmoil in academia with theater programs. I think that we are not a traditional theater program. We’re doing something a little bit different here,” “said Dean Bellin, BSC associate professor of technical theatre.

He said he wants kids from all educational backgrounds to take theatre to learn practical skills they can apply in their lives.

“I think that the arts are really important for everyone to be able to participate in. And theater is really exciting for me. It’s what I love to do. So I think that it’s really important to have a college that supports that as much as possible,” said Hyatt.

On Nov. 29, 2022, BSC broke ground for the new building. The new facilities will have a Security Operations Center, artificial intelligence and virtual reality labs, collaboration spaces and a live event venue.

The live event venue will have more space for students but will also be available to host community events.

“We’re really excited to work in the new space, understanding that theater is just a small part of what’s going into the new space. It’s the Polytechnic building, and it’s really part of our Polytechnic mission here at Bismarck State College,” said Bellin.

The building should be open next school year.

The BSC theatre group will be performing their Spring Musical, Xanadu, from March 20 through the 24.

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