By Ariel Calvert
McClatchy High School recently introduced its new Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program — an umbrella program that supports all arts courses and activities at the school.
VAPA coursework is intended to prepare students for life or career achievement in a variety of traditional and modern art forms and to ensure McClatchy music and art wing undergoes transformation that students receive a comprehensive arts education with an emphasis on personal character development.
To accommodate the VAPA program’s offerings, the school’s entire music and art wing is undergoing a long-awaited transformation. Upon completion of the renovation, the wing will house separate state-of-the-art rooms for two- and three-dimensional art, ceramics, graphic art and photography. In addition, the building will have a new black box theater, a music laboratory, an enlarged rehearsal room for music ensembles and several music practice rooms. The entire facility will have a new heating and air system, enlarged dressing rooms and restrooms for artists, and new restroom facilities for theater audiences.
At the center of it all will be the refurbished auditorium, which will have new lighting, sound and seating, as well as an enlarged stage surrounded by some of the building’s original features, including stained glass windows, original iron work on the seating mounts and recessed lighting in the walls. New painted glass chandeliers and a rich color palette will recreate the original 1930s appearance of the space.
The transformation is expected to be complete in November. To commemorate the occasion, the VAPA program will stage an opening musical performance.