PMT showcases new theater with student production

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Pittsburgh Musical Theater inaugurates the new Ken Gargaro Theater this weekend with a student production of "In the Heights." The opening completes the first phase of "Transformation: On the Cusp," a refurbishing, repurposing and expansion of the West End Village building at 327 S. Main St. that the company and educational facility calls home.

The 168-seat theater is in a former banquet space and will become a permanent venue for children's programming and community participation. With a new roof now in place, the transformation project continues under the leadership of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. Phase 2 includes renovated offices, a new student lounge and a re-imagined studio space. The first completed classroom will be dedicated as the Gene Ortiz Classroom, after the father of a student who gave $50,000 to PMT's capital campaign. Phase 2 also includes changes to the entrance and improved accessibility.

Pittsburgh Musical Theater gave a presentation Wednesday to tout Phase 2, and attendees were treated to a sneak peek of "In the Heights." The lively musical about a tight-knit New York neighborhood continues in the space this weekend. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15, $10 for students and seniors; 412-539-0900, ext. 232.

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