Springer Opera House announces plans for expansion

Calling Dorothy “Dot” McClure’s $3 million gift “transformational,” Springer Opera House artistic director Paul Pierce announced Monday that the theater was embarking on a $11.5 million capital campaign that will alter parts of First and Second avenues.

With McClure’s gift, the Springer has raised an additional $4 million in pledges, which will go toward building a flexible space children’s theater, a learning park adjacent to the theater and more classrooms, as well as improvements to the Springer Opera House itself. This project will add more than 35,000 square feet for children’s programming.

McClure is a long-time Springer trustee and one-time actress. She made the gift through the McClure Family Foundation.

Read more in Tuesday's Ledger-Enquirer.