Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Media Advisory: Henry High School Rolls Out Red Carpet to Celebrate New Performing Arts Center (UPDATE)

Update to advisory below: Parking will be reserved for media along the curb in front, and on the west side, of the new performing arts center. Enter the main parking lot through the gate off Wandermere Drive, and you will see the new facility on the north side. Contact Cynthia Reed-Porter at 619-546-3378 or creed-porter@sandi.net if you would like an aerial photo of the site .

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Subject: Media Advisory: Henry High School Rolls Out Red Carpet to Celebrate New Performing Arts Center

Media Advisory from the San Diego Unified School District, 11-28-16
Patrick Henry High School Rolls Out Red Carpet to Celebrate New Performing Arts Center
WHAT: San Diego Unified is opening its new Patrick Henry Arts, Media and Entertainment (PHAME!) facility at Henry High in Del Cerro. It's the newest facility to support the district's Visual and Performing Arts Program and its vision to transform lives through the arts. Superintendent Cindy Marten and Board Trustee Kevin Beiser will be two of the honored guests joining students, parents, and community members at what is expected to be a full house for the opening night and official dedication of the brand new, state-of-the-art performing arts center that will benefit Patrick Henry High School as well as the surrounding Del Cerro and San Carlos communities.
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 5-8 p.m. [5 p.m.--reception/registration; 5:30-5:40 p.m.--ceremonial ribbon cutting and photos; 6-7 p.m.--program (renown guest artists, student performances, and speakers); 7-8 p.m.--tours] Invitation-only event.
WHERE: Henry High School Performing Arts Center, 6702 Wandermere Dr., San Diego, CA 92120 (Phone: 619-286-7700) Media parking available adjacent to the theater.  
OPENING NIGHT PROGRAM (A copy of the full program is available via e-mail.) . Welcome by Principal Listy Gillingham (mistress of ceremonies) . Patrick Henry High School (PHHS) Band performance . Remarks by Superintendent Cindy Marten, San Diego Unified School District . PHHS Orchestra performance . Remarks by Trustee Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified School District Board of Education . Bel Cantos Ensemble performance . Remarks by Katherine Nakamura, President, Cowles Mountain Community Foundation . PHHS Drama performance . PHHS Dance performance . Remarks by Riley Gilbertson, ASB President . PHHS Drama performance . Kevin Carlson, President, Patrick Henry Alumni Association . PHHS Alumni Brass Quintet- performance . Michael Sanchez on the Gillingham Steinway Grand Piano . Closing Remarks by Principal Listy Gillingham
INTERVIEWS: Superintendent Cindy Marten, Trustee Kevin Beiser, Principal Listy Gillingham, and other speakers will be available for interviews. Russ Sperling, director, Visual and Performing Arts Department; and Lee Dulgeroff, chief facilities planning & construction officer, will also be available for interviews. 

PHOTOS/VISUALS: Performances by renown guest artists, student performances/productions, ceremonial ribbon-cutting, tours of the new facility   
BACKGROUND: The $16 million facility includes an approximately 20,000-square-foot, 500-seat performing arts and entertainment center and an 8,000 square feet College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE) Center, which wraps around half of the theater. The theater can fully support musical and theatrical events. The CCTE facilities support courses in two career pathways within the arts, media and entertainment industry sector--"Media and Design Arts" and "Production and Managerial Arts." 

Over a period of four years, the Cowles Mountain Community Foundation has been working with Patrick Henry High School and San Diego Unified School District to raise funds for PHAME!  Donations from private individuals and organizations are providing additional equipment and amenities for the theatre above and beyond what the district provided. An early $40,000 gift in 2012 from Patrick Henry High School alumna and actress Annette Bening that was pivotal in launching fundraising efforts. In total, $285,000 has been raised, with another $50,000 pledged to date.   

The performing arts center and CCTE facilities were part of a larger $40 million site modernization project funded by San Diego Unified School District's Propositions S and Z bond measures. For more information on this and other projects at Henry High, visit https://fpcprojects.sandi.net/Pages/Reports.aspx?SchoolName=9336, and scroll down to "Project Schedules"

CONTACT: Cynthia Reed-Porter, facilities communications supervisor, Communications, 619-546-3378, creed-porter@sandi.net
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