recently took a brief tour of the Magnolia School District’s new Performing Arts Center with former Magnolia High counselor Whitney Whitelaw, and Superintendent John Ward.

These photographs show progress on the construction of the center that will be open for the 2021-2022 school year. Photos are by Mike McNeill of

The $8.7 million project is being built between Panther Arena and the Lady Panthers softball field.

The center will have an auditorium with more than 900 seats, projection/sound booth, set production and prop storage areas.

A separate “black box” theater inside the center will be the venue for plays and other events when the 900-plus-seat hall isn’t required.

Both the auditorium and the black box theater will be served by joint “green room” and dressing rooms, restrooms and auxiliary facilities.

The center will also include a reception hall with a catering kitchen.

CLICK HERE to see photos of the project taken last October.


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