Controversy Brewing Over New CDMHS Theater; Community Meeting Planned For Thursday Postponed
Corona del Mar High School soon could get a new theater — but will the $13 million proposed theater-in-the-round stage be too small for plays and dance performances?
"Our drama department and our dance department will not be able to use the Thrust Theatre," parents complained in an e-mail that is making the rounds of Corona del Mar High School families. "It is a round stage with no capacity to accommodate the dancers or the props for drama productions."
One parent said, "This theater would be a complete waste of money."
Another said, "I think it is very irresponsible to spend our taxpayer money on a theatre that will stand 'dark' and unused."
A meeting had been scheduled for Thursday evening but too many people had conflicts, so the meeting instead will be planned after school is out for the year, Jim Lamond, the director of facilities development for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, said in an e-mail.