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Center for Worship and Performing Arts Groundbreaking
Center for Worship and Performing Arts Groundbreaking


L-R:  Jeremy Cummings (CCS Upper School Spiritual Life Director); Ace Clements (Lower School Student); Paula Banks (Chair – CCS Board of Trustees); Barry Giller (Head of School); Linda Hendrick and Rick Hendrick (Lead Donors); Melissa Goldstein (Upper School Student); Zach Brown (Middle School Student); and Luke Boythe (CCS Middle School Spiritual Life Director)


L-R:  Elisa Dennehy (CCS Lower School Music Teacher); David Bellamy (LS3P Architects); Kelly Goley (CCS  Director of Fine Arts); Kristen Alkire Eshleman (Representing the Alkire Family); Todd Woolery (CCS Board of Trustees); Terry Efird (CCS Chief Financial Officer); Will Caulder (Rodgers Builders); Angela Blount Tomaselli (CCS Middle/Upper Theatre Teacher); and Ken Griffin (CCS Director of Development)

Charlotte Christian School hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 22 for the school’s new Center for Worship and Performing Arts.  The new building will be home to the Alkire Auditorium, the school’s first auditorium which will seat more than 500 people for chapels, full-scale theatrical productions, and school assemblies.      

Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony were lead donors Rick and Linda Hendrick; David Bellamy of LS3P, project architect; Will Caulder of Rodgers Construction, general contractor; members of the Charlotte Christian Board of Trustees; donors; students; faculty; and Head of School Barry Giller.  The ceremony was broadcast live at the school’s annual all-school Thanksgiving Chapel which was held simultaneously.

The Center for Worship and Performing Arts will be a two-story 21,000 square foot facility built immediately behind the Hendrick Center for Arts and Science.  In addition to the 520 seat auditorium for chapels, theatre productions and school assemblies, the state-of-the-art facility will also include a black box theater for smaller productions, a scene shop for set construction, dressing rooms, and a window-line gallery for visual arts displays.
Construction on the new building will begin in December of this year with completion scheduled for the fall of 2017.   The building project is part of the school’s 2020 Vision Strategic Plan and is being made possible by the generous gifts of friends and families of the school.   

"We are extremely thankful for this great addition to our campus and for God's provision through the Hendrick family and our friends and families who have generously donated to this campaign," shared Head of School Barry Giller.  "Our students are excited about having a state-of-the-art facility to host our chapels, concerts, plays and musicals.  I am grateful to the leadership of the board of trustees in remaining committed to the school’s master campus plan and in particular the vision for this facility.”

Two articles appeared in the local media regarding the groundbreaking.  Click here to read the article in the South Charlotte Weekly and Matthews Mint Hill Weekly, and click here to read the article from the Charlotte Observer.