School's arts centre gets the star treatment
Stars from the stage and screen cut the ribbon at the official opening of a new £4-million arts centre at Sidcot School.
Actress Zoe Wanamaker, film maker Nick Broomfield and the UK cast from High School Musical, who are currently performing at the Bristol Hippodrome, took part in the ceremony to declare the centre open.
The new arts centre actually opened in October, but the official ceremony was held on Saturday to tie in with the Quaker school's annual summer festival celebration.
The centre, which took two years to build, has a drama studio, which doubles up as a 100-seater theatre and cinema, a music performance hall, music practice rooms and a recording studio.
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It also has a ceramics, plaster and painting studio, a painting and drawing studio and a digital media suite as well as a music technology room.
A million pounds towards the cost of the new centre was given from the sale of St Christopher's School estate in Burnham-on-Sea.
A further million came from the Sidcot Scholars – a charitable trust made up of ex-pupils. Other cash for the project came from grants, a loan and local fundraising.
Mrs Wanamaker and Mr Broomfield are both former pupils of the 520-student school and Mrs Wanamaker was the patron of the appeal to raise the funds. for the arts centre.
As well as attending the opening ceremony, the pair also gave a short talk.
To mark the opening, a special piece of art, created by school fundraising assistant Sarah Ritchie, was unveiled.