The Roschel Performing Arts Center will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Named after benefactor Dr. Robert L. Roschel ’54, it has been one of the major venues for a variety of Franklin and Marshall events since its completion ten years ago.
Roschel includes the Schnader Theater, equipped with a stage larger than two-thirds of its Broadway equivalents, state-of-the-art technology, and a small orchestra pit. It is capable of hosting a performance for up to 305 audience members. Roschel also houses numerous facilities including two dance studios and a drama studio, as well as the spacious Kreisel Lobby just outside the doors of Schnader.
Roschel has provided the space for a variety of events. First and foremost, it is a major venue for stage productions presented by the TDF Department. The F&M Players, the campus’ student-run theatre company, also uses Schnader for their winter performance. The Kreisel Lobby is used for a number of different occasions, including Admissions sessions and receptions of Common Hour speakers. Guest artists and lecturers have also used Roschel.
This semester, the TDF Department will present the rock musical Spring Awakening, Stuart Pimsler Dance Company, and the Fall Dance Concert in the Roschel Performing Arts Center.
The TDF Department will be celebrating this anniversary in a number of ways. Bonnie Bosso, Theater Production and Public Relations Manager, said: “We will have special lobby displays during Homecoming and during all of the productions in the facility, which will feature works by TDF designers and faculty. We are also working on developing a 10-year logo that would be used in all print work and communication. We will talk about the anniversary at this year’s functions, like our Fulton Theatre sponsorship.”
Roschel has been part of creating the on-campus robustness of F&M in the past ten years! We hope that it will continue to be a space that is used for advancing the artistic and intellectual life of the campus and the Lancaster community.