Construction of the new 700-seat Randall L. Jones Memorial Theatre on the Southern Utah State College campus will be shifting into its second phase within the next 60 days and is expected to be completed by the end of August.

The enclosed theater will allow the renowned Utah Shakespearean Festival production to expand during 1989 from June 23 through Sept. 2.Project supervisor, Steve Ashdown of Gower Construction, Cedar City, said local contractors are being utilized wherever possible in the construction.

Fred C. Adams, festival producing director, added that all carpeting work will be let to a local firm and the decorative light fixtures will all be contracted locally.

"For all the interior work in the Tanner Founder's Room, which will be used for receptions, meetings and conferences, we will use local artists," Adams said.

Within the next 60 days, the roof will be going on, the masonry work will be done and the walls will all be up, so the interior finish work can begin, according to Ashdown. Work will also begin on all the glue laminated beams (the wooden beams and framing) in the lobby and foyer.

While the immediate future of the theater is rosy, Adams stressed that $175,000 is still needed in order for the new structure to be completed in time for its opening at the beginning of the 1989 Shakespearean Festival season.

"The festival staff is working around the clock to get this funding," said Adams, festival founder, adding that "the funds are needed for memorial seating and for equipment fixtures."

Those interested in donating to the project may contact Adams personally or write to:

Office of Development

c/o Utah Shakespearean Festival

Cedar City, UT 84720

Or call 586-7880.

Tickets for the 1989 productions in the theater will go on sale July 1 of the 1988 season, except for those who have purchased memorial seats. Those individuals have a 30-day prior purchasing option on tickets for the new theater, making tickets available to them on June 1.

For festival ticket information, write to the above address (but not to the Office of Development) or call 586-7878.