Westminster Christian School Hosts Construction Tour of New Performing Arts Facility
WCS celebrated the construction of its new performing arts center, The Lighthouse, with a construction tour for donors, school families, and Palmetto Bay officials. Head of School Scott Jones, WCS Board of Trustees’ President Dr. Alex Trujillo, and school administrators updated attendees on the project, and fine arts students provided entertainment for the occasion.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to tour the construction site, led by general contractor Newport Construction and Villa & Associates, the architect for the project. It was an honor to have Village of Palmetto Bay Mayor Karyn Cunningham and Council Member Marsha Matson in attendance.
The Lighthouse, a two-story, 30,780 square foot building, will house a 637-seat theater with a full stage and orchestra pit, first and second floor lobbies, choir room, classrooms, dressing rooms, an arts hub, sound room, broadcast studio, and more. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy by Fall 2020. The current auditorium, built in 1975, will be renovated and redesigned into a black box theater, and updates will be made to the classrooms in that facility.
The WCS Fine Arts program has grown exponentially in the last fifty years. Today students from grades 4 through 12 can participate in seven bands, six orchestras and an expansive choral program, that includes female choral groups and mixed ensembles. In addition, the drama curriculum prepares students for performance opportunities, set design and construction, sounds and lighting, stage management, and film production.