Opened in 2000, the Saint Patrick Performing Arts center houses a recital hall seating 50 with 3 adjacent practice rooms and a 299 seat, state of the art theatre. Designed as a thrust theatre, no seat is more than eight rows from the stage. The large, naturally lighted and landscaped atrium serves as the theatre’s lobby and frequent site of educational workshops and receptions.
With the addition of these facilities, the Saint Patrick student is offered a wide variety of enriching educational and cultural experiences. Interested students have the opportunity of hands-on technical training in operating and designing sound and lights for school concerts and plays. They are able to learn all facets of theatre production through serving on stage running, construction and design crews. Classroom performance training in music and theatre gets practically realized and supplemented in public concerts, talent shows and full scale productions.
Cultural experiences are not limited to school produced programs. Each semester, outside professional touring groups are booked into the theatre and offered to Saint Patrick students free of charge or at a reduced rate. Typical touring groups have offered Shakespeare, jazz, and comedy. Planned are programs in classical music, dance and drama.