FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 10, 2015
JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College will open the doors to the new Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre on Thursday, April 16. The occasion will be marked by a brief program and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:15 p.m.
Located on the High Point Campus, the Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre will serve as an additional teaching lab and performance space for students enrolled in GTCC’s Creative and Performing Arts programs, comprised of entertainment technology, theatre and music. The two-story 11,705 square-foot-facility features a modified black box stage and theater seating for 82.
The first public performance in the new Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre will debut with the GTCC Theatre Program’s production of “Greater Tuna” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17. Tickets are $5-$15 and are available at the High Point Theatre box office (220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point), by calling (336) 887-3001 or visiting www.highpointtheatre.com. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/GreaterTunaGTCC.
The Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre is the final piece in a longtime vision to create one centralized location for all of the Creative and Performing Arts programs and stimulate further collaboration between students on cross-departmental projects and performances.
“The opening of the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts Theatre will create great synergy among our students and give them additional hands-on experience that will allow them to have an edge in their related industries,” said GTCC President Randy Parker. “The vision for housing all of our creative and performing arts programs under one umbrella began with the opening of the Larry Gatlin School of Entertainment Technology in 2004. Since then, we’ve been growing that dream, and now it’s time to share that vision with the community.”
In addition to the new theatre, the college also offers two performance venues: a major production studio with seating for an audience of 225; and an outdoor amphitheater accommodating more than 550.
Construction on the recently completed Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre began in October 2013. The facility is an addition to the H2 Building and sits adjacent to the outdoor amphitheater. The total cost of the project was $2.27 million. Mercer Architecture Inc. in High Point designed the theatre.
GTCC is committed to developing students and the communities in which those students reside and study. The Center for Creative and Performing Arts is an integral part of that mission. The opening of the new Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre will allow GTCC to partner closely with the High Point Theatre, High Point Area Arts Council, High Point Community Theatre and other arts partners in the City of High Point to revitalize and rebrand the south side of High Point.
The arts play a significant role in Guilford County’s economy. The industry generates $118.1 million in total economic activity, according to the 2012 Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study conducted by Americans for the Arts — the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. The industry also supports 4,269 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $78.4 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $11.3 million in local and state government revenue.
Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.
— Carla Kucinski/GTCC