BHS opens new performing arts center


Nine months after building began, Brentwood High School celebrated the opening of its new performing arts center with a Thursday morning ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials, teachers and students.

Nine months after building began, Brentwood High School celebrated the opening of its new performing arts center with a Thursday morning ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials, teachers and students.

Brentwood High’s new auditorium opening comes on the heels of three others opened this year in Williamson County Schools.

As part of an initiative to create a world-class arts program, WCS plans to add performing arts centers to all middle and high schools now without.

Last month, the district opened an auditorium at Centennial High School and a theater at Fairview Middle School. Woodland Middle School’s theater opened at the beginning of the school year.

Brentwood High’s new auditorium includes a backstage dressing area as well as additional classroom space. The cost was $4.8 million.

The school theater department’s inaugural performance on the new stage will be Meredith Willson’s The Music Man on March 26-28. Several of the student cast attended Thursday’s ribbon cutting.

WCS now hopes to begin phase two of the district-wide performing arts center project, which would include facilities for Fairview High School as well as Page and Heritage middle schools.

The school district earlier this month asked the County Commission for $10.1 million in capital funds to begin the next phase. The funding body, in disagreement over the price tag, deferred a decision.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_NHP.

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