"Lights up" at Performing Arts Center

By Matt Butner - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Richmond CenterStage lifted another curtain today - this time on an education center for Richmond area students.

The Genworth Bright Lights Education Center occupies the third floor of the downtown performing arts complex. On Friday afternoon, a group of students from George Wythe High School in Richmond used one of the center's classrooms to rehearse for a performance.

"Having this set, this stage right here in the city, we couldn't replicate that in a high school. Having the different technological pieces of equipment that are part of this wonderful institution, we couldn't afford to provide that in a school setting," said Dr. Yvette Brandon, Richmond Schools Superintendent.

Down the hall in the center's digital arts section, Mason Mills teaches a video production workshop. His students are already running cameras and learning to edit video.

"The quality that we're doing is really good. This is broadcast HD quality," said Mills.

Soon, the educational activities at the center will be available to students inside their own classrooms at seven local school districts - including Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield. For example, a visiting performer could give a lecture or even teach a class.

"We'll literally have them on-site here demo-ing with a small group of students in our classrooms, but we'll also live stream it too, giving us the capability for thousands of students to be able to access it in their own buildings," said Janet Krogman.

Friday's unveiling was a preview to a weekend open-house. The education center, along with the rest of CenterStage, will open to the public for two days of workshops and performances.

"This weekend is really about showcasing CenterStage as a place to bring your families to participate in, to learn about the arts, to be a part of the arts," said Krogman. 

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