The areas surrounding the Performing Arts Center at Palmyra-Macedon High School are in the midst of a massive overhaul. The work will enhance the functionality of the facility and surrounding areas while creating a more inviting space to enjoy performances and events for students and community members.
A key to the success of any performing arts and events space is flexibility. The redesign of the areas surrounding the PAC captures this critical element. The renovated spaces have the potential to serve as classroom space for students and then seamlessly transition to host performances.
Specifically, the area which once housed district business and human resources operations (to the left when entering through the current PAC entrance) is being transformed to a welcoming lobby entrance to the PAC with the ability to be used for instruction for students. New restroom facilities near the lobby will improve accessibility for those attending events and performances.
The former district office (first right when using the PAC entrance) is becoming a large classroom and flex space complete with dressing rooms. The classroom footprint will be similar in size to the PAC stage. Storage, practice rooms and restrooms will be added in the area as well.
“The creation of these spaces will serve both students and the community for years to come,” said Doug Blackall, a Pal-Mac teacher and Facilities and Operations Specialist for the Performing Arts UPK-12. “The excitement that patrons will feel when they enter the lobby doors will surely match the outstanding performances and artistic offerings that Pal-Mac consistently offers.”
Additional upgrades incorporated into the project include updated rigging control of lighting instruments on stage, full height mirrors and dance barres for rehearsals, and a classroom “lab” for lighting, sound and scenery. The improvements and updates will serve students involved on the technical side of productions as well as the performers.
“The vision by the Board of Education, Superintendent Bob Ike, building leaders and community contributors aligns seamlessly with the needs of the musical and artistic talent of our students throughout the district,” said Blackall. “Investing in the arts now will provide results beyond measure in the future. Pal- Mac truly will be a center for the arts in this area.”
The ongoing work is part of the capital project approved by Pal-Mac voters in 2017 and is being funded primarily by New York State building aid.