Parish breaks ground on Noble Family Performing Arts CenterOct 18, 2019
On Friday, Sept. 27, during the School’s Homecoming festivities, Parish Episcopal School broke ground on a new performing arts center at its Midway Road campus. Students, parents, faculty and staff, along with donors to the $30 million Limitless campaign funding the facility, gathered to celebrate the start of construction on the Noble Family Performing Arts Center. The 55,000-square-foot venue, scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2021, will transform the face of the School’s Midway Road campus.
“Just imagine, two years from now on this very courtyard, will stand a new state-of-the-art venue worthy of our students’ talents,” said Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School for Parish. “Here we will highlight their performances, celebrate community milestones, and showcase artists and speakers to broaden our students’ understanding of the global society. The potential in this new edifice will far exceed its walls, because it will cultivate limitless possibilities for young people of impact.”
Among those on hand at the event were Natalie and Scott Noble. The new building will be named in honor of the Nobles and their children, Ford ’14, Quentin and Ava Noble, who invested $3.7 million in the Limitless campaign. The family has played pivotal roles in other milestone moments for Parish, making possible the School’s Gloria H. Snyder Stadium, baseball fields and expanded programming in science and leadership.
More than 1,040 Parish families contributed to the Limitless campaign, helping the School raise $30 million and accelerate the vision for expanding the arts and passion-based learning at Parish. Other donors who made transformational gifts to the campaign include: Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt ($5 million), Kathy and Tim Eller ($2.5 million) and the Goggans Family ($2.5 million).
Those participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking included:
Dave Monaco, Allen Meyer Family Head of School, Parish Episcopal School
Natalie & Scott Noble, namesakes of the Noble Family Performing Arts Center
Andrea Mayfield, Chair of the Parish Episcopal School Board of Trustees
Rachel & Randy Polka, Chairs of the Limitless campaign
Angela Keefer, Director of Operations, Parish Episcopal School
Karl Reiss, Director of PARISHarts, Parish Episcopal School
The event also featured performances by Parish students. The entire cast of the upcoming Parish Middle School Musical “Junie B. Jones, Jr.” sang and danced to the number “Top Secret Personal Beeswax,” and Lower School students from the ParishEXTEND Dance Academy danced to “Be My Guest” from “Beauty & The Beast.” The event concluded with guests clapping in unison to “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac, performed by the Upper School musical group Essential Standards.
The 55,000-square-foot Noble Family Performing Arts Center will feature a performance hall with a proscenium stage and seating for 600, as well as a black box theater seating 100 for more intimate performances. Professional-grade features include optimized acoustics, a control room with the latest light and sound equipment, a scene shop, dressing rooms and a tailoring studio. Other spaces include dedicated spaces for dance, band and film, as well as a gallery space for displaying works by students and visiting artists.
The venue is designed by the architects of the award-winning firm BOKA Powell. Construction will be led by McCarthy Building Companies.