The Biloxi School District revealed its newest addition to its arts program this evening.
Education in the arts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast received an upgrade Wednesday evening with the unveiling of the Biloxi school’s state-of-the-art theatrical facility.
Over two years after its groundbreaking, the performing arts center is finished. The facility boasts 950 seats, a 5,000 square foot stage, and plenty of other advanced features. Biloxi School District Director of Fine Arts Travis Coakley said, “There is nothing like it on the Mississippi Gulf Coast anywhere. It is complete LED lighting throughout. It has been tuned by acousticians. State-of-the-art sound system. We have band shells for the acoustics for our performing groups. Everything in this building is state-of-the-art.”
All these specialty features allow a multitude of performances to take place at the arts center, ranging from show choir to dance recitals as well as large and small theatre productions.
The main lobby of the facility has also been specifically designed to hold special events such as art shows or award ceremonies.
While the arts may not be for everyone, Biloxi School District Superintendent Marcus Boudreaux believes in providing opportunities to his students. “Every kid’s not an athlete. Every kid’s not a brainiac. You have to find your niche. And we need to represent every kid and I think we do that with our arts programs.”
Coakley said, “All of our arts programs here will be served and we are so fortunate to have an administration and a community that supports the arts so heavily.”
The new theatre will be christened Thursday evening with a performance from the marching band and wind ensemble.