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Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater Showcase

Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater Showcase


>>[Music] South OKC is
about to enter a new era in the fine arts. Now open on the campus of
Oklahoma City Community College, the state-of-the-art Visual
and Performing Arts Center.>>This is a facility
that we have dreamt about for many, many years. Oklahoma City Community
College really is the heart of arts programming in
South Oklahoma City. There really isn’t a venue
between downtown and Norman that could provide this
quality of, and this size, of venue for performing arts. Having a large performing
arts center here on our campus allowed
us to bring in groups that we really haven’t been
able to have on campus before, really benefiting
the community and, and helping really solidify our
position as sort of the leader in arts programming in
this part of the city.>>1,000 plus VIP
seats, orchestra pit, state-of-the-art
projectors, and silver screen. Unbelievable sound equipment
and acoustics, perfect lighting, and rigging, well, it would
make Broadway jealous.>>I will be able to bring
just about everything. This theater is outfitted,
technically, to be able to handle
musicals, music productions, theatrical productions;
we can lower a screen down and turn the space into
a 7.1 surround system. Movie house, we are able to
bring a show out and convert it into a state-of-the-art
performance hall, so we’ll be able to have the
Philharmonic here, we’ll be able to have ballet, we’ll be able
to have dance, we’ll be able to have a, a music series,
performing arts series, we’ll be able to have
a theater series, so, the possibilities are endless.>>A huge feature of the VPAC,
the Sarkeys Foundation Atrium, it’s truly larger than life. Three stories of balconies,
and enough space for 300 to be wined and dined. And to make sure
they get the most of the top-of-the-line
city, OCCC has brought in the best, Richard Charnay. He was in charge of
all things technical at the Oklahoma City Civic
Center, now, he’ll run the house and help book shows at the VPAC.>>A terrific facility,
state-of-the-art sound, state-of-the-art lights. It’s a comfortable hall. The seats are nice and big. The stage is nice and deep. We’ve got a very deep
stage, 48 feet deep. We’ve got 58 lines
on 10 inch centers. We can handle a lot of, a lot
of shows and we can handle a lot of weight, and we’re
looking forward to that.>>Not just performing
arts, but true to its name, the visual arts will be
center stage as well. Outside, “Crescendo.” The 14-foot tall Collin
Rosebrook sculpture brings home the OCCC name
in striking fashion. And inside, the Inasmuch
Gallery, adjacent to the atrium, is a perfect place for
art shows of all kinds.>>It’s been the dream of
our art faculty to have a, a really nice gallery, primarily
to show our student art, but also to have
traveling art shows too. I think, you know, many people
think of community colleges as only doing technical
programs, and often they don’t think of having a really
rich arts program. But Oklahoma City Community
College always have, and this just gives our
faculty in the visual and performing arts
an avenue in which to really showcase student art,
for example, in the gallery.>>But it will also provide a
significant economic impact to the surrounding, because now that we have a performing
arts facility that can bring the kinds of
shows that will bring people from out of town to see, then
now, everything from hotels to restaurants to gas
stations, will be able to reap the benefits
of that, so, it’s not only a benefit piece for Oklahoma City
Community College, but also to the South Oklahoma
City community at large.>>The facility, amazing,
and as the lights come up for the 2014 season,
you can be there. Shows already on the books. All the fun begins March
12th with Flipside, The Patti Page Story, and
then experience the energy and inspiration of the
Soweto Gospel Choir, on Tuesday, April 1st. For a complete list and ticket
information, call OCCC at 682-7576 or go to the
website on your screen. So head to the campus of
Oklahoma City Community College and experience for
yourself the new era for fine arts in South OKC.

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