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"This new building offers the Stages Performing Arts Academy something it has never had before: space," said Jack Lane, executive producer of Stages St. Louis.
Stages plans to convert the Kol Am Building (1023 Chesterfield Parkway East, Chesterfield, Mo., 63017) into space for educational programming, performances, administrative offices and more. The building will be called the Kent Center for Theatre Arts, and it will have more than double the space of the current facility Stages St. Louis rents near Chesterfield Mall.
"Kent Center for Theatre Arts is a 22,000-square-foot facility that will house 30 full-time staff and 40 part-time instructors," Lane said. The building will include three dance studios, two acting studios, two voice studios, a multi-purpose student lounge, a welcome center and box office, administrative offices, as well as a performance hall."
Because of the additional space, Lane said the Stages Performing Arts Academy will be able to serve more students, further cultivating the performing arts talent pool locally and across the region.
Stages Performing Arts Academy offers musical theater, acting, voice and dance classes for students ages 3 to 18. In 2012, the academy served more than 4,500 students and provided nearly $80,000 in scholarship assistance. The academy also offers scout workshops; master classes; the teen a cappella troupe, "TeamSTAGES"; Access the Arts for students with physical, cognitive or developmental delays; and Stories @ Stages, an interactive monthly reading for young children.
Stages is purchasing the Kol Am Building for $2.8 million. Frontenace Bank, the seller, is making a $100,000 gift at Stages as part of the transaction. The purchase price plus renovation and related costs total $4 million, and Stages is conducting a capital campaign to secure full funding for the project. To date they have received pledges of $2.5 million.
Stages shows will continue to take place in the Robert G. Reim Theatre at the Kirkwood Civic Center. The 2013 season includes performances of "Always ... Patsy Cline," "Legally Blonde The Musical," "My Fair Lady," and "Disney's Cinderella."