New Performing Arts Center
El Molino High School’s new 289-seat Performing Arts Center (PAC) has given the school’s robust drama, band and dance programs a dedicated and fitting venue to perform and learn. Students and teachers were previously using half of the Cafeteria for practice and performances, getting by with a makeshift stage and seating area. The new PAC includes a stage with pipe grid for prop and lighting support and cross-over space, ticket sale area and light locks at entry points with a roof canopy, as well as a technical ledge at the mezzanine level with control room, support rooms, cat-walk, stair and accessible lift. The project also provided a full lobby area with restrooms and back of house spaces, including a common green room and dressing rooms.
The new PAC has allowed the school to enhance its stage craft curriculum offerings, with the building itself serving as a teaching tool in regard to the technical side of running a theater. The facility also serves as a great venue for school assemblies and presentations and is available for community use.