Ruth B. Shannon Center: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow—Whittier College Celebrates 20 Years of Performing Arts

Whittier College and the Friends of the Shannon Center will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, November 6. A pre-dinner reception begins at 5:00 p.m. and a formal dinner will commence at 5:45 p.m. in a "transformed" Robison Theatre. The entertainment portion of the evening begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include a special performance by award winning artists Amy Hanaiali'i. Ticket prices are $75.00 for dinner and entertainment or $25.00 for entertainment only. Dinner seating is limited and reservations are first-come, first-served. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please call (562) 907-4203, or visit online,

Amy Hanaiali'i's talent is the result of an exceptional blend of classical training, modern musical influences, and heritage. In particular, her talent of ha'i brought a new found appreciation for the art of Hawaiian female falsetto style for which she is known today. She has been nominated for three Grammys for Best Hawaiian Music Album and has garnered 15 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards—Hawai'i's equivalent to the Grammy.

Entertainment will also include performances by students from the theatre and music departments and a special video retrospective created by professor Rich Cheatham. Artwork by local artist and educator Dennis McGonagle '93 will be on display in the Shannon Center lobby.

Mrs. Ruth B. Shannon has been on the Whittier College Board of Trustees since 1979. Beginning in 1985, Shannon chaired the campaign for the performing arts center, which resulted in gifts from more than 750 donors, totaling more than $9.3 million in contributions. The center was dedicated in 1990 as the Ruth B. Shannon Center of the Performing Arts. 

The Shannon Center houses a 403-seat main auditorium and a 72-seat studio theater, large scene and costumes shops, classroom space for art, dance and theater classes, and office space for faculty. The facility is used for both college and community productions.