The grand opening of a $15.4 million Hoover Performing Arts Center recently took place in the Hoover City, Alabama school district. Thus, several dozen people gathered at the project site, near the Buccaneer stadium, to mark the start of its construction phase. Hoover High School intends to build this new 36,000 square foot facility to replace its current theater, which seats only 270.
According to school officials, approximately 47% of students at Hoover High are in some type of fine arts. They also stressed the importance of having an auditorium with enough seating to accommodate a full grade level. Especially since the school currently has about 2,900 students.
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Development plans for the new Hoover Performing Arts Center
Therefore, the new Hoover Performing Arts Center was designed to feature a 940-seat auditorium. This is intended to provide enough space to accommodate the crowds that the school’s fine arts shows draw. Additionally, the construction will include a corridor connecting the new theater to the school’s music room.
A theater arts teacher, Nancy Malone, said the new performing arts center would be used for all the arts. She pointed out that the current auditorium cannot be used for large orchestras or concerts due to limited space. Therefore, these types of events should be held in alternative spaces outside of school. She said staff and students were all thrilled with the development of this new auditorium space.
Hoover High principal John Montgomery said the community and students are anticipating the new performing arts center. He said that the students were great artists and had long awaited a development like this. Montgomery mentioned that students win national and state competitions, but unfortunately they don’t have space to perform at school. Therefore, he said a first-class facility needed to be built for them to perform for the community.
Blalock Building Company won the contract to build the Hoover Performing Arts Center in August. The company estimates that the project will be completed within 16 to 17 months.
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