AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - The Augusta Mini Theatre, a longstanding cultural institution in Augusta, Georgia, revealed exciting developments for its future. After 16 years of fundraising efforts, the theatre is set to embark on a transformative journey that promises to enrich its community even further.

Founded by Tyrone Butler, the Augusta Mini Theatre has long been a beacon of artistic expression and youth development in the region. Despite initial skepticism, Butler's vision has persevered, culminating in today's significant announcements.

The highlight of Wednesday, announcements was the revelation of plans to construct a new theater adjacent to the current Augusta Mini Theatre building.

This new venue, scheduled to open in October 2025, will accommodate 142 patrons, providing ample space for more people to enjoy the theatre's productions. This expansion represents a substantial leap forward in the theatre's capacity and community impact.

Reflecting on the challenges faced over the years, Tyrone Butler expressed gratitude and determination, emphasizing the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity. "I look back at people giving us three months to live and here we are 50 years later… it's a wonderful feeling," Butler remarked, highlighting the resilience that has defined the Augusta Mini Theatre's journey.

The expansion project is not just about physical growth; it's about honoring the theatre's legacy and its profound impact on the community.

Earnestine Robinson, the theatre's first employee, described the upcoming expansion as a full-circle moment. "Just the idea, looking back from the past till now,

Excitement is palpable as the Augusta Mini Theatre prepares for its groundbreaking ceremony on October 10th, 2024, inviting the public to join in celebrating this milestone. The event marks a pivotal moment in the theatre's history, symbolizing hope, perseverance, and a commitment to nurturing artistic talent.

In addition to the groundbreaking, students associated with the Augusta Mini Theatre have been extended a prestigious invitation to participate in the International Black Theatre Festival, underscoring the theatre's growing influence beyond its local borders.

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