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Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education Construction Update

April 25, 2013
Artist's Rendition

Artist’s Rendition

Dublin High School performing arts students, and the community as a whole, are in for a treat starting in early 2014. If you’ve driven up Village Parkway in the past few months you will certainly have noticed the steel skeleton that has emerged out of the ground on the north side of the Dublin High School campus. The Measure ‘C’ funded Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education is actually two projects – the brand new 500-seat theater (16,524 sq. ft.), and a complete renovation of the old cafeteria and band rooms (15,812 sq. ft.). The tallest part of the structure is 53 ft. off the ground, and will ultimately house a theatrical “fly” system where sets can be whisked off the stage for scene changes. The structure also extends 15 ft. below ground to house a whisper quiet ventilation system and to make possible an orchestra pit that can be raised and lowered depending on the needs of the performance.

For students of music and theatre the infrastructure upgrade will enable performances not possible today. For the City of Dublin, there is finally a theater for performing arts suitable for complex productions. Key features like the fly system will make possible mounting more than one production at the same time, increasing the options for the theater to be multi-use. In addition to the fly system and orchestra pit, the theater will also be a high tech wonder, equipped with modern sound and lighting facilities, as well as rehearsal space, dressing rooms, a scenery shop and lots of storage space. For those familiar with the existing Little Theatre, the contrasts are (appropriately) dramatic.

Construction Site

Construction Site

Dublin High School, and the City of Dublin almost didn’t get the high quality theater now under construction. Last year, a scaled back proposal was presented to the Dublin Unified School Board. The performing arts students, concerned parents, educators and members of the community presented a passionate and compelling case for the key features of the theater. After a vigorous debate, and sharpening of fiscal pencils, the project was approved. For decades to come, Dublin will benefit from the strategic decision made last year.

Recently, I was privileged to be granted a hard hat tour of the construction site, with Robert Thomas (DUSD Facilities) and Bill Branca (DHS Assistant Principal). Photos from that tour are included below, with updates planned this summer and in the fall as construction proceeds.

Dublin High School Music Director Paul Everts:

“I cannot say enough how excited I am for our Performing Arts students. The Performing Arts students will be able to be in a facility that matches the high quality of work they produce. It will be a great honor to be able to work in such an incredible facility. I am so grateful for all the voters who continue to support local education.”

Dublin High School Drama Director Bryant Hoex:

“The new Center for Performing Arts and Education will be great for Dublin in many ways. First of all, an increasing number of our Drama students are continuing to pursue theatre beyond high school, and the state-of-the-art facilities will help their training not only on stage but in technical theatre as well. On an even larger scale, this center will attract local and touring theatre companies, making quality live performances more accessible to our students and entire community. Exposure to the positive impact of art on our students can help create a culture where the arts are respected not only for their own sake, but as an integral component of a well-rounded education.”

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education View from the Stage

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education View from the Stage

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education Fly System Housing

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education Fly System Housing

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education Orchestra Pit

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education Orchestra Pit

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education Catwalk

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education Catwalk

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education Backstage

Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education Backstage

Robert Thomas and Bill Branca

Robert Thomas and Bill Branca

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4 Comments
  1. Tori Cota permalink
    April 25, 2013 8:23 am

    As an alumni from the Dublin High Theater Department (’10), I am so excited to see this project in motion! It has been a long time coming for this school. It will create so many opportunities for the program to extend. I’ll definitely miss that old Little Theatre though…great great memories!

  2. April 28, 2013 11:50 pm

    It sounds like an awesome facility, and I love the up-close-and-personal photo tour. Long live the theater!

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