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Phase 2 of the Alabama Center for the Arts shaping before first production

Alabama Center for the Arts Phase 2 will host its first production in the fall. (Source: WAFF) Alabama Center for the Arts Phase 2 will host its first production in the fall. (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The second phase of the Alabama Center for the Arts in downtown Decatur is shaping up before the first scheduled performance.

The center was built for the use of college students focusing on the performing arts, particularly music and theatre.

Director Jennifer Bunnell took WAFF a "nickel tour" of the facility.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for the students at Calhoun and at Athens State to come together and start their career in musical theatre or the visual arts," said Bunnell.

Students can obtain an associate’s degree from Calhoun Community College and a bachelor's degree from Athens University.  

"All of the instructors and professors here want to showcase the students and let them shine and show their talent and what they've learned and what they're capable of doing," Bunnell said as she should us the Black Box Theatre, the primary stage in the facility.

Most days, she said you can find people hammering, painting and more inside the recital hall where everything is centered around music. She also showed us the scene shop where sets are built.

There are many stages in the center. We also toured the recital hall, where you would come if you wanted to watch an instrumental or a chorus, and a rehearsal room both close to the Black Box Theatre.

"While one school is performing in the Black Box Theatre, Calhoun is performing in the black box theatre, Athens State will be in this rehearsal space preparing for their production," Bunnell said.

The first student production is set for October.

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