(This post is a guest post from Pulse friend Colleen Burns.)
Dr. Phillips Performing Art Center
It’s coming! Orlando, our backyard is currently being landscaped by some bad-ass people! That’s right, on Nov 6th, the ribbon cutting of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Phase 1, is when our new backyard will be unveiled and everyone can frolic and play amongst the world of arts and culture.
What does that mean? Well I was lucky enough to join the Yelp Orlando Elite Squad (http://www.yelp.com/biz/yelps-vip-dr-phillips-center-hard-hat-tour-orlando) and get a sneak peak of everything that is going on at 455 South Orange Ave, in the heart of DT Orlando.
Now I am sure you are saying, “yeah, yeah, I have heard about it.” I get it, you can go visit the website, walk by in astonishment of the amazing architecture, and read what shows are coming to town… But, let me tell you some things you may not know yet.
- #ArtsForEveryLife (https://twitter.com/hashtag/artsforeverylife?src=hash) – check it out, that’s right, this is not just the opera and what you imagine such a high-end performing arts center to be; this is for everyone!
- No stairs walking into this glorious building – that’s right, it’s on everyone’s level. All shows ranging from Classical Opera, Ballet, to a Rock show will all enter in one door and mix and mingle before heading into the actual theaters.
- They used neutral colors all throughout because they want the people to add all of the life and color. (adore this)
- Phase 1
Walt Disney Theater (seats 2,700±)
Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater (seats 300±)
– Phase 2
Acoustical Theater (seats 1,700±)
- You may enter and mix and mingle even if you do not have a ticket to a show, enjoy this amazing spot anytime you wish. The goal: come early, stay late, enjoy!
- The front is all glass so everyone driving or walking by can see in and know they are invited.
- The venue itself will include two grand performance theaters, a community theater, outdoor plaza and performance space, rehearsal rooms, banquet space, administrative offices and an educational facility.
– The community theater’s seats are all removable to accommodate various layouts for shows and so there will never be an empty seat in the house.
- The entire site is more than nine acres in size
- Glass railings all throughout so you can see what is happening all around you
- There will be a 300 ft bar on the ground ground floor
- Throughout phase 1 there is 10,000 sq feet of education space – including viewing rooms to the dressing rooms so students can get to experience and dream of their future in theater. Also, when Phase 2 is completed, another 10,000 sq feet of education space will be added, totally 20,000 sq feet of education space total.
- The grand staircase, as you enter into the building, is actually an inverted amphitheater going up all 5 flights with brilliant acoustics
- Magnolia will be functional during the day but closed off each evening for valet services.
- From the entrance of the building all the way back to city hall, will be able to host a 20,000 person concert.
- They paid carful attention to the back of house as well so the production staff would also have a positive experience. The loading doc leads right to the back of the largest theater and easily accessible via freight elevator for the community theater.
- There is a catering and liquor license that covers the entire load in area in the back for production staff’s leisure to host BBQs etc. so they do not have to leave the premise.
I don’t know about you but all of these facts blew me away! I am most excited about the casual evenings here to just sit back and enjoy our community. What are you most excited about?