10 February 2011

Calwell High gets its performing arts centre

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It seems every school needs a performing arts centre these days (I think that’s luvvie-speak for a theatre) and today Andrew Barr has announced that Calwell now has one too.

The Calwell High Performing Arts Centre has been designed to provide flexible
performance options for dance, theatre and music. The Centre has can seat up to
350 and includes wheelchair access. One area of seats can be removed to provide a
larger performance space.

Other features include:
— a sprung floor for dance performances
— a foyer which opens onto a paved courtyard where audiences can gather during intervals. The foyer has a podium for announcements and a kitchenette
— a large storage space in the backstage area with vehicle access for unloading sets and props
— professional standard lighting and sound controlled from a number of points as well as from rear control rooms and
— a hearing loop for the seating area.

At $4.7 million one hopes it’s put to good use.

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@lulu – “..anberra leg of the National Rock Eisteddfod for three years running”

3 years? Really? Where you get that information from?
As a former student of CHS, it is apparently 8 years.

The Gregson Performing Arts Centre?

Shame they arent doing the rocko anymore…

I have to drive past this abdomination every day, and wow it’s an eyesore.

It’s highly ikely it will be put to very good use as Calwell High has an excellent track record in performing arts. I think they won the Canberra leg of the National Rock Eisteddfod for three years running. Whether or not you’re into the 8 minute dance theatre genre that events such as the Rock Eisteddfod and Dancefest spawned, it’s great to see a public school from the outskirts consistently winning over more central schools, many of them private with far more resources. Their work didn’t pull it’s punches either. Their piece on Work Choices, “The Devil’s in the Detail” a few years ago was absolute satiric brilliance! Go Calwell!

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