John Legend to attend Springfield theater dedication


SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — The Springfield City School District is preparing to rededicate its 680 seat theater on October 9th.

When the curtain goes up on the renovated theater, Springfield native John Legend will be on hand to take part in the ceremony.

The theater will be renamed the John Legend Theater, with a seating capacity of 680. It’s part of a facility known as the Spingfield Center of Innovation: The Dome.

Originally built in 1909, it as Springfield High and then Springfield South high. It closed in 2008 when a new high school opened, and the auditorium was no longer used.

In 2014, John Legend and other partners teamed up with the school district to secure a grant to renovate a large portion of the building.

When the funds to complete the renovations fell short, Legend committed to be the lead donor on the project to ensure it’s completion. Speedway LLC and other donors worked with Legend to support the school district’s renovations.

School officials say the John Legend Theater will provide a space for students to get hands on experience in design, stage production, performance and other backstage aspects of the theater business.

The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting on Sunday, October 9th at 1 p.m. Following the ribbon cutting, John Legend will perform in the theater.

Public access to the performance is limited. Admittance is limited to those with event-specific wristbands, distributed in advance.

Wristbands will be distributed to selected teachers, staff, community partners, mentors, donors, and to more than 100 students. More than 200 wristbands will be distributed to community members. They will be free, and distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of two per person.

Wristbands will be distributed to the public at the John Legend Theater Box Office at 700 S. Limestone Street, at the Clifton Avenue entrance, on Wednesday, October 5th, starting at 6:30 p.m.

No one will be permitted to wait in line before 4:30 pm, October 5th. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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