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Students Observe MLK Day Holiday with Service

Murphy Theatre Selected for Service Project

January 20, 2014

Taking inventory of the Murphy Theatre's collection of movie posters are, from the left, Marcus Benson, Lashonda Furman and Brianna Burks. They are pictured with a poster from the classic film,

Taking inventory of the Murphy Theatre's collection of movie posters are, from the left, Marcus Benson, Lashonda Furman and Brianna Burks. They are pictured with a poster from the classic film, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."

Several dozen Wilmington College students and staff members took to heart the Martin Luther King Day theme, “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” when they spent Monday morning (Jan. 20) engaged in community service in downtown Wilmington at the Murphy Theatre.

The group, which worked under the supervision of the College’s Center for Service and Civic Engagement, marshaled its forces for what director Tara Lydy described as “a massive cleaning” of the venerable, 95-year-old institution.

They polished brass railings, mopped floors, cleaned windows and mirrors, inserted program labels, hung signs around town, and basically cleaned the house, balcony, dressing room and concession stand so that not a stray piece of popcorn could be found.

One of the work teams even conducted an inventory of the Murphy’s collection of movie posters.