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Performing Arts Center
V. Sue Cleveland High School

Rio Rancho Public Schools, New Mexico

This community financed Fine Arts Center is anchored by a 1,200-seat Music Hall and 500-seat Black Box Theatre. The Fine Arts Center was designed to serve the educational needs of the Rio Rancho School District and to serve as a community Concert Hall.

A soaring, three-story lobby space sets the stage for the performance. The Music Hall seating is in the traditional arrangement of a narrow and high audience envelope. Seating within the 48 foot volume of the Hall is on the main floor and in two balconies. The Hall is anchored by a large window focused on the Sandia Mountains, a dramatic view whether day or night. The Music Hall features an orchestra pit, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, variable acoustical shaping, and operable curtains to provide acoustic flexibility whether the performance is a symphony, a choral group, piano recital, or lecture.

The 500-seat Black Box Theatre can be configured in many ways. Additional features include cat walks, variable acoustical shaping, operable curtains, sound and lighting positions in the control room, stage lighting, and a separate production studio.

The Fine Arts Center also includes band, choir, and orchestra classrooms, dance studio, practice rooms, rehearsal and ensemble rooms, on-line learning lab, a scene shop, green room, offices, storage, and loading dock.

  • Anticipated LEED® Silver Certification