The curtains opened on the first show in the transformed Farish Center on June 10 with the CAMP IDS production of Les Miserables, giving audiences the chance to see the extensive renovations that began after Spring Break.
For two decades, the Farish Center has provided a space for Corbett Prep and Independent Day School performances that push students to test their limits. We have seen future Broadway stars in their debut roles and applauded as student actors flew across the room in Peter Pan and tap danced on the ceiling in Mary Poppins. PreK students have found their voices on stage in their first experiences with public speaking, while eighth graders challenge themselves to take risks, presenting original poetry and skits.
The Farish Center also has served as an important site for professional development for Corbett Prep teachers and welcomed educators from across the United States for trainings on cooperative learning, social-emotional learning and more.
Thanks to the support of our families and donors, we now have a physical facility that matches the quality of the creative work our students and teachers produce. This proscenium theatre features retractable seating for up to 175 audience members, a permanent stage, new lights and sound and a curtain and rigging system (a gift from the Class of 2020). The low stage, comfortable seating and improved sight lines work well for trainings and speakers as well as student productions.
We're excited for you to experience this space, whether you join us for one of our CAMP IDS productions or attend a school event this fall. And we have more surprises coming when we open our expanded, innovative Tomlin Family Application Lab later this summer.