The ongoing project to thoroughly renovate the Sun Theater will remain in high gear through the fall and winter. The current completion date is set for spring of 2014.
The theater will serve as the Performing Arts Center for the Grand Center Arts Academy, which is dedicated to nurturing and developing the artistic talents of GCAA’s diverse students in dance, theater, band, orchestra, musical theater, choral music and stagecraft.
Photo by Jess Dewes
GCAA will serve grades 6-11 for the 2014-15 school year and finally reach its goal of serving grades 6-12 the following year. Currently at 550 students, the school will serve 750 students by the fall of 2015. In addition to the theater space, the building will also house four classrooms.
The renovation of this historic gem, headed by the Lawrence Group, caps a long process to have a theater venue for the arts-focused school. Finding performance venues has a been a huge challenge for the school since it formed four years ago.
According to Dan Rubright, GCAA’s Director of Arts and Community Partnerships:
Having this space available has been the bedrock of our vision and a large part of the draw for our students and families. We are incredibly grateful for this “once in a lifetime” opportunity and for those that helped make this a reality.
There is a great sense of excitement and anticipation building within our school and in the surrounding community. In fact, we have already received various outside inquiries about using the space, once completed. Once GCAA programming has been solidified, we will consider rental requests. We are excited about the possibilities for what types of programming may be offered but we also encourage patience. The theater will be a work in progress even after the literal completion date.
Please note that we will not officially schedule any outside events until all GCAA events have been scheduled for the 2014-15 academic school year. This process will not be complete until April 2014. All booking requests must come through the GCAA administration.
When the renovation is complete, we will have a limited lighting and sound system. Our current development process is addressing these essential needs and progress in this area will be updated accordingly.
Rental application documents will be available online in February/March of 2014, but nothing will be finalized until all dates are secured for the academy for the following year.
A comprehensive list of theater specifics, including facility usage policy will be released no later than February 2014.