MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State University Development Foundation and Minot State Summer Theatre said a $500,000 gift has been received from the Minot Area Community Foundation (MACF) to support the Summer Theatre renovation project.

"The Minot Area Community Foundation has played a tremendous role in improving the quality of life in our region for the past two decades," Minot State President Steven Shirley said in a statement on Wednesday, July 8. "MSU Summer Theatre is a terrific quality of life asset in Minot, and we are most appreciative of MACF for their $500,000 gift today — it is a major boost to this campaign and will help ensure success as we enter the homestretch of our Summer Theatre fundraising efforts."

The $500,000 gift will create a pool of matching funds providing donors the opportunity to double their impact with a one-to-one match. The funds will be accessed once $500,000 in private gifts are secured.

"This is an exciting announcement," said Rick Hedberg, MSU Development Foundation executive director. "These funds will be leveraged to bring in an additional $1 million to support the Summer Theatre renovation project. This is a matching fund, so we have to get out and raise some additional money, but we have the plan in place to do so."

According to the news release, updates to the iconic ampitheater on the north end of the university include the complete relocation of the main restrooms from the upper level to the lower/ground level of the complex providing additional accommodations and increased physical accessibility for patrons.

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The concession stand will also be relocated to the ground level, which will take on a plaza-like appearance. Enhancement and expansion of the cast dressing rooms and the box office/ticketing area are being planned, along with the addition of a canopy covering the center stage. Improved overall landscaping and other improvements to the facility will enhance the aesthetics, comfort, and conveniences for the audience.

Donors to the renovation project will be identified on a permanent recognition board that will be prominently displayed at the amphitheater.