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Curtains almost up at academy

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:49 PM

School officials hope to unveil the nearly 10,000-square-foot theater completed with about 478 seats, curtains and lighting.

Finishing the performing arts center’s interior is the second of three phases at the Ferrysburg charter school. It’s expected to cost about  $875,000, which will be paid out of the school’s fund balance and a two-year construction loan.

The first phase built four new classrooms, an art room, scene shop and theater, and it was completed before the 2013-14 school year.

Interim academy director Cathy Cantu said the school’s growing enrollment during the past four years has left them needing more classrooms. About 460 students are enrolled for the upcoming school year.

Cantu said the theater is also a “much needed addition.”

“It has been difficult as a school with an exemplary performing arts program to not have our own space,” she said. “We are now going to be able to perform on our own campus and will be able to offer more space for our community as well.”

Previously, the school’s productions took place at an Orchard View school.

School board President Matt Butler said they are excited about finishing the theater and opening it to students.

Read the complete story in Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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