Backstage Pass at Del Mar College's New Theater

Drama students at Del Mar College are gearing up for their first production in a brand new theater.

The 28,000 square foot addition to the school's Fine Arts Center is now finished. It's very impressive, and much-needed if you ask the students and faculty there who outgrew their old space.

It cost a total of $10.2 million, and includes state of the art lighting, a new stage, new seating and it even smells new.

The 333-seat theater is apart of the 28,000 square foot addition to the college's Fine Arts Center. Named after Sue Sellors Finley, an instructor who is responsible for revitalising the drama program before she passed away.

"This only happened because of Sue's foundation and groundwork," Drama Professor Kim Frederick said. "We're reaping those benefits."

The upgrades don't stop there. Backstage, there is a scene shop, space for props, costumes, new teaching spaces and even a larger makeup room.

"It brings us to a whole other level to teach and produce shows, and spaces dedicated to what we're trying to instill in the students," Frederick said.

"I think it's amazing," Drama major Charles Luna said. "I've never worked in a theater like this before. Came from Ray High School, where we have a black box; but when you have a proscenium seat theater, it's fantastic."

You will get your chance to check it out for yourself. The students are currently rehearsing for a musical called, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." It opens Nov. 9.


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