GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A children's theater in South Carolina has broken ground on a $12.8 million expansion.

The Greenville News reports the South Carolina Children's Theatre started construction Tuesday on its Theatre & Arts Education Center for Children in Greenville. The theater's opportunity to expand appeared nearly eight years ago when a wealthy woman named Josephine Cureton died and left the theater her 125-year-old Victorian home.

Cureton's will called for the home to be demolished and replaced with a new theater facility. The facility will include stages, classrooms and offices. The theater has begun another round of fundraising for the 36,000-square-foot (3344-square-meter) site. Around $11 million was raised through philanthropic organizations and individual donations. The theater is now working to raise the remaining roughly $1 million.

Construction is expected to take around 15 months.

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Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com