New Helix Performing Arts Complex to Open Next Week

The $15.2 million Helix Performing Arts Complex will officially open at Helix Charter High School at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Tours of the complex will be offered along with performances by the Helix Highlander bagpipers and other students. 

The new 34,194-square-foot facility will include a dramatic two-story glass entry; 410-seat theater with a full-fly loft; orchestra pit; 112-seat black box theater-in-the-room; theater lobby with tickets, concessions and restroom facilities; dance classroom with dressing rooms; digital arts classroom; choral classroom and recital rooms; instrumental classroom; instrument and uniform staging areas; stagecraft area; costume design and storage area; backstage dressing rooms.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held and presentations will be made by Ralf Swensen (GUHSD Superintendent), Dr. Mike Lewis (Executive Director, Helix Charter High School), Gregg Osborn (Chair, Helix Performing Arts Dept.), Richard Sutton (Chairman, Helix Board), Dianne Jacob (Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors), Art Madrid (Mayor, City of La Mesa) and Robert Shield (GUHSD Board President).
Lamesn619 January 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Can't Wait, should generate some revenue!
Christy Pavano-Heiskala January 11, 2014 at 01:40 PM
Very happy to have this at our daughter's school!
Molly Nowak January 13, 2014 at 01:03 AM
Personally, I find it a little disturbing that so much money was spent on this project. How exactly was 15+ million raised in East County to build a theater?
Things I Learned January 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Jennifer Osborn January 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM
This project was funded by a school bond that was approved by the voters of East County. This was one of the items in the bond proposal. The previous facilities were in need of upgrades in order to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and it was not cost-effective to put so much money into those old buildings (the difference in cost would not have been much different). Helix Performing Arts is already an outstanding program, but this facility will offer more opportunities for students to gain skills they can take to college and beyond.
Kevin George January 13, 2014 at 02:04 PM
If the object is to offer opportunities beyond HS, just wondering how many students go on to a career in show business as compared to the auto industry or construction etc. Is there an auto shop or industrial arts program at Helix? My opinion is that these performing arts facilities benefit the education industry/teachers egos more than the students education.
Molly Nowak January 13, 2014 at 04:11 PM
Could you name the school bond please? I've lived in East County for 40+ years and do not remember any school bond that approved 15+ million for one school to receive a building. I do remember bonds for upgrades for all the high schools, for pools, and for a new high school to be added in the Alpine area.
Kevin George January 13, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Excellent question Molly. As far as I can tell the last two GUHSD props were Prop U( $274,000,000)http://www.guhsd.net/index.php/proposition-u-information ) and Prop H ( $417,000,000)http://www.guhsd.net/safeschools/GUHSDFAQ.html ) But these propositions pass carte blanche just like incumbents get re elected by a constituency distracted by shiny objects.
Mike LaPan January 13, 2014 at 10:41 PM
One school? Uh, have you been paying attention to all of the upgrades happening at other Grossmont Union HS schools and Charters around the area? Lots of stuff happening. I for one am glad to see this building finally upgraded after such a long time. Drama, acting, arts and the like don't get nearly as much attention as they should in our local schools. VERY HAPPY to see this project completed. ONCE A SCOTTIE, ALWAYS A SCOTTIE!
Things I Learned January 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM


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