Students longing to sing, play, dance, or act for their career have a stronger foundation for their dreams thanks to this new center. Brentwood Academy’s Fine Arts Center houses an array of elements to provide the students in the sixth through twelfth grades with a solid background in the performing arts.

The independent school center’s completed first phase addresses the academics of instrumental and vocal music, dance, and theater arts. A 2,500-square-foot black box experimental theater, dance studio, chorus room, classrooms, and office space inhabit the entry level, while a band room, private practice rooms, sectional rehearsal rooms, and forensics classroom are on the lower.

Phase II’s proscenium theater can be easily connected to the entry level’s lobby. The black box theater, seating up to 150 for performances, is flexibly designed, allowing it to play almost as many roles as its occupants. Not only is it a recording studio, a venue for rehearsals and one-act play performances, and a forensics rehearsal and performance room, it can also host cheerleading practice, dance instruction, and meetings. And for students who wish to work behind the curtain? They are not forgotten: A wire mesh tension-grid 19 feet above the floor allows these aspiring theater technicians to perform multiple intricacies of theater production more safely than on a catwalk.

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