The Orange Beach City Council on Tuesday, June 2 approved $2.34 million in upgrades and additional space to the under-construction Performing Arts Center, next to the new Orange Beach Middle / High School on Canal Road.
The upgrades include the addition of an orchestra pit on the main stage, and a 7,000-square-foot addition, including a black box theatre that can seat up to 175 for intimate performances and a dance room classroom.
The $2.34 million will be added to the city’s $7.23 million that was approved in January 2019 to construct the 28,000-square-foot Performing Arts Center with its 710-seat theatre. It is a Baldwin County Board of Education project being constructed in conjunction with the new school. Pensacola-based Sharpe Inc. is the contractor.
The total cost of the Performing Arts Center is $10.9 million with the county school system covering $1.41 million for the band and choir portion of the building with the overall city portion under $10 million.
The use agreement with the county school board will allow the city to use it outside of school hours for community-related performances and events.
The Performing Arts Center is expected to be complete in April 2021.
Following Tuesday's council meeting, the Orange Beach Middle / High School Conservatory of Fine Arts posted on Facebook: “Thank you City of Orange Beach for supporting fine arts education for our students! We are blessed!”