Everyone is talking about Mackay Northern Beaches State High School’s new $12 million (including GST) performing arts centre – and there’s good reason.
The landmark building is a significant investment for the growing school’s performing arts, music and visual arts subject areas, and is designed to meet the needs of students well into the future as part of the Queensland Government’s $250 million
2020 Ready program – supporting secondary schools prepare for the increase in students in 2020.
The 2-storey building offers a 500 person seated capacity theatre, music practice rooms, dance and drama areas, dressing rooms, multi-media classrooms with recording and editing facilities, as well as outdoor performance spaces.
For that professional performance experience, the building features a public entry foyer with a ticket kiosk connected to an outdoor plaza area and outdoor performance spaces.
The project also included transforming the school’s previous temporary dance and music spaces into general use spaces, the creation of a 22-space car park, and two new multi-purpose outdoor sport courts for additional training and sporting classes, events and competitions.
Mackay Northern Beaches State High School Principal Sian Burrows said the school community is thrilled with the opportunities now available to students with the new performing arts centre.
“Our school supports a range of arts programs and this new centre is making a huge difference to our capacity to develop student performance arts related skills,” Ms Burrows said.
“Our school has already developed a reputation for excellence in the arts and music, and with this new centre things will only improve.”
The state-of-the-art facility will host school plays and performances and will be available for the wider community to use later this year.