Corona del Mar High School Performing Arts Center

Newport Beach, California

Located at one end of the central quad, the Corona del Mar High School performing arts theater serves as the heart of the campus. Drawing on cues from the existing campus architecture—which consists of low concrete, plaster and brick mid-century 1960s buildings—the theater celebrates the campus history and unique building function. The new theater recently held a grand opening to a seat-filled crowd at a performance of Seussical the Musical and has initiated a foundation to build community support. Creating a career-building environment for students, the center houses a 350-seat main auditorium, a small black box theater, scene shop, green room and dressing rooms, as well as instrumental and choral classrooms.

This 29,000-square-foot center, which is pursuing LEED Silver, offers exterior access to the black box theater, providing students with an experimental space that they can use on a daily basis. The promenade, which serves as a main path of travel for students on a daily basis, reflects campus pride and draws theater-goers along its glowing edge to the main entrance of the building off the quad.

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