Curtains almost up at academy

The theater at the West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics is nearing completion.
Krystle Wagner
Jul 19, 2014


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.



This is a fabulous addition to WMAAA and we look forward to seeing the many wonderful performances there. With the outstanding performing arts program you offer, this is very exciting. I'm just wondering if the extraordinarily high legal fees you pay to the school attorney for attending board meetings, working on budgets, and other school related business, would be better spent on this project? It still seems strange to see an attorney at every board meeting, perhaps not the most fiscally responsible thing WMAAA is spending their money on.

deuce liti

I'm no big city lawyer, but the title of this article really bothers me. Say it out loud. Maybe it's just me.


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