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Concert planned to benefit Peace Memorial Auditorium

By The Mercury

The push to keep the stage at Peace Memorial Auditorium continues.

A benefit concert, “Give My Regards to Broadway,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Peace Memorial in City Hall.

The program is free, but donations will be accepted at the door for the restoration of the auditorium, which was built as a living memorial to World War II veterans.

The music revue is a partnership between the Kansas State University chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity and the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance, both of whom want to keep the stage.

Performers will include K-State Singers, K-State Tap Ensemble and Jerry Jay Cranford, K-State theater instructor.

Community members, including some veterans, have advocated against removing the auditorium stage after city officials began developing a plan that would change the auditorium.

During an April work session, community members and city commissioners and officials discussed plans for the facility.

Two plans are currently on the table. One involves removing the stage and seating area to add another basketball court and offices for the Department of Parks and Recreation at an estimated cost of $2.95 million.

The other is to renovate the auditorium for more than $2 million and build an addition to City Hall for parks and recreation offices for $1.78 million.

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