$5M donation plus land prompts Orem Hale theater move to Pleasant Grove


An artist’s rendition of the Ruth and Nathan Hale Theater set to be accomplished in 2024. The Hale Heart Theater Orem introduced that it’s shifting to Nice Grove. (Methodology Studios)

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PLEASANT GROVE — The Hale Heart Theater in Orem has introduced that it’s relocating to Nice Grove, because of a donation of $5 million and land from Nice Grove-based firm doTerra.

The theater will probably be constructed on the west finish of the doTerra campus, and is alleged to just about double the capability for the present predominant proscenium.

This week’s announcement stated the undertaking will probably be carried out in collaboration with the Prepare dinner Heart for Human Connection and the town of Nice Grove, and building will start as quickly as this summer time. The brand new theater will probably be referred to as the Ruth and Nathan Hale Theater, and nicknamed “the Ruth,” in honor of the unique theater founders.

Gregory Prepare dinner, doTerra founding govt and chairman of the board, stated donating the cash and land to the theater was a straightforward determination to make.

“We have all been having fun with their performs and productions for a lot of, a few years, so once we heard what they had been making an attempt to perform with their theater, we knew that we wanted to assist,” Prepare dinner stated. “At doTerra, we worth the tradition and the rules that the Hale household espouses. They’re grasp storytellers, and we worth that. We expect It is good on your well being. We’re a well being and wellness firm, and we imagine that the humanities are instantly associated to good well being, whether or not it is bodily, emotional or psychological well being.”

The Ruth and Nathan Hale Theater is anticipated to be accomplished in early 2024 and could have an “in-the-round” theater, doubling its present capability with 670 seats. It’ll even have a second performing area with versatile seating for youth productions and smaller reveals, in keeping with the theater.

Jeff Fisher, director of growth for the theater in Orem, described the assembly with doTerra as a beautiful expertise with “among the finest individuals he has ever identified.”

“We have been making an attempt for years to finish this undertaking of rising the theater and have been in search of somebody to assist us,” Fisher stated. “It was a extremely cool expertise to listen to anyone say, ‘We may also help you do that.’ We shed tears of pleasure. I do not know if we’ll ever repay doTerra for doing this.”

In 2018, the theater introduced that it had obtained a $1 million pledge from the Woodbury Company and deliberate to construct a brand new facility at College Place in Orem. Fisher advised KSL.com that since that announcement, the Hale Heart Basis has been elevating funds towards that effort.

“When doTerra graciously supplied to donate $5 million in the direction of the brand new theater, additionally they supplied land at doTerra to permit building to start prior to anticipated. The brand new location supplies higher visibility and simpler entry for the theater. As well as, doTerra has supplied entry to shared parking heaps for patrons and can present groundskeeping providers for the theater,” he stated, including that the inspiration “appreciates the continued assist of the Woodburys and their group.”

Anne Swenson, govt producer at Hale Heart Theater Orem, spoke in regards to the need to each develop the theater at 225 W. 400 North, whereas on the identical time preserving in step with the unique objectives of the theater that started in a small dwelling in California within the Forties.

“Grandma (Ruth) Hale, who was the founding father of the entire Hale theaters, would at all times say that folks wish to come to have an emotional tub,” Swenson recalled. “What higher means to try this than with theater?”

Swenson stated altering the title of the theater, when it relocates to Nice Grove, is essential as a result of it reveals patrons the place the theater has come from, and what the objectives for the theater are.

“We spent a whole lot of time making an attempt to determine one of the best title that can signify the place we have come from, and what we’re doing,” Swenson stated. “We selected the Ruth and Nathan Hale Theater as a result of we nonetheless needed to maintain the Hale branding, however needed to outline our personal area, and type of by means of our title, harken again to our origins. The theater has at all times been so family-oriented, and it is essential for us to suppose again and honor the legacy of Ruth and Nathan Hale, and have our title mirror that.”

Prepare dinner reiterated the significance of the humanities, and why it was crucial for doTerra to play a component in making this new theater attainable.

“There’s a super want for human connection,” Prepare dinner stated. “Once we all come collectively for a storytelling expertise, all of us really feel higher. We really feel related and unified and impressed. They are saying that the humanities construct hope, and I do not know of a corporation that does that higher than the Hale Theater in Orem.”

The theater has tried to increase for a few years. Within the early 2000s, the Hale Heart Theater Orem introduced plans for a $5 million facility on 800 North in Orem and began campaigning for monetary assist, however that undertaking stalled and fizzled out with 9/11 and its financial shock, in keeping with the Deseret Information.

In 2007, it moved ahead with constructing plans, this time in Orem’s Midtown Village. However by 2008, the Nice Recession put the brakes on the Midtown Village growth as a complete.

To remain up to date on the progress of the theater, go to haletheater.org.

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