With the ongoing plans for the grand and state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center in Frisco, the residents are opting for a much larger development of the center according to a Dallas Morning News article from November 11. In it they say,
“Many hope to see Frisco as a prominent destination spot for performing arts in North Texas — and maybe even attract Broadway shows.
Currently, North Texans must drive to Fair Park in Dallas or Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall to attend such prestigious productions. And this may not change once the construction of Frisco’s new performing arts center is completed because of an agreement that limits audience capacity to 1,500 seats maximum.
“An arts center project comes only once in a generation,” resident Heather Eastburn wrote in an online petition. “Let’s not duplicate what’s already in our neighboring cities or build just for today.”
In the mentioned online petition by Heater Eastburn, several points were stated to prove that increasing the capacity of the project will absolutely benefit Frisco. Here are some of them:
“Frisco will stand out from the other communities with a larger seat count.
Students can have the opportunity to share the same stage as professionals in the industry, just like they already do with sports venues at the Star, FC Dallas and the new PGA!
As the population of Frisco continues to grow exponentially, so does the need for arts offerings. We must build for the future.
The latest technology can help create intimate spaces for smaller audiences within a larger theatre with flexible seating, acoustic walls for balconies, and more. Why cut off the room to grow? Let’s think outside the box!
Did you know there are actually TWO theatres in the current arts center project agreement? The community theatre (250-350 seats) for local arts groups, and the student-first theatre (1,250-1,500 seats). This petition is addressing the 1,500 seat cap on the student-first theatre, owned and operated by the FISD. More seats will ensure it is not Student-ONLY performances at Hall Park across from the Star, and for just half of the year!”
The petition only has about 3 months left as the designing of the facility will start when the donations have been collected next January 3. However, the donations being collected at the moment will only be allocated for the seating capacity of 1,500 and when the donation reaches the cap, it will then be directed to other parts of the facility.