The opportunity for a new performance space at Cape Girardeau's Central High School came from a successful $40 million bond issue for districtwide improvements. Construction of the Richard D. Kinder Performance Hall was completed in January 2013.
The 22,460-square-foot facility offers seating for 1,060 and accommodates musical theater, plays, band and ASSOCIATED FIRMPhillip B. Smith Architect, LLCCOST PER SQ FT$337.49FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms performances, as well as award ceremonies, debate competitions and school assemblies.
“It’s exceeded our expectations,” says Neil Glass, assistant superintendent for administrative services. “We challenged the architects and engineers to come up with something special, and they knocked it out of the park. The community will be proud of this, and it will serve students for years and years.”
The performance hall features high-end audiovisual and lighting, and includes a 3,800- square-foot stage with fly loft, backstage area with dressing rooms, green room and workshop for building sets, a large lobby/pre-function space with built-in display cases and a catering kitchen.