MCS to build performing arts center

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MOUNT Carmel School president Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero said MCS plans to establish a performing arts center, which will be the home for the performing arts in the Marianas.

During the annual “Night with Knights” celebration on Saturday at the Pacific Islands Club, Deleon Guerrero said MCS has been given the initial clearance to pursue Section 428 funding or the Alternative Public Assistance Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“Instead of renovating the stage, which is already fully functional now, we get to build an entirely new structure,” he said.

The center, when it is built, will have 1,000 seats with a proscenium, bells and whistles, lights and sounds, he added.

He said the center will also be made available to the community. “If they want to have a concert or a lecture…this will be the venue.”

MCS is known for its performing arts program, and has produced plays and musicals. MCS films have also been screened at film festivals around the world, Deleon Guerrero said.

“Our theater program is growing…and now we have a music program that is really growing, too,” he said, adding that Glushko’s Academy, a ballet school, is located on the MCS campus.

Right now, Deleon Guerrero said there is “no home” for the performing arts in the community.

He said the Friends of the Arts, the Saipan Community Band, the Marianas High School Glee Club, and other cultural groups have to perform in makeshift venues.

“We hope to provide a home for the performing arts in the Marianas and in the region. We want our center to be the ‘crème de la crème’ in the region,” Deleon Guerrero added.

He wants the performing arts center established in three to five years.

“I am excited by the show of support from our alumni. I thank them and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the years to come,” Deleon Guerrero said.

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