September 10, 2021 – A new performance venue has opened as a gathering space for the entire school and a collaborative resource for the Lancaster-area community. The 15,358 gsf Gardner Theatre has 580 seats, an orchestra pit, state of the art lighting and acoustics, and fly space. A full-sized stage and professional theater hosts school musicals, theatrical performances and welcomes the student body for special assemblies, graduation, and presentations. LCDS also plans on partnering with local and regional groups plus providing the theater as a prime venue to host speakers and workshops open to the public.
The theatre shares an elevator, lobby, restrooms, concessions area, and parking with the Physical Education & Athletics Center, that Murray Associates Architects P. C. was also the Architect of Record and Centerbrook Architects was a design partner.
Gardner Theater is named in honor of Eugene Herr Gardner Sr., who passed away in 2016 and whose stewardship of Lancaster Country Day’s endowment ensured the school would thrive on a secure financial foundation. Four generations of the Gardner family have graduated from the Lancaster Country Day School.
To view the Dedication Video, please click on this link.