Located at: 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port, Florida
The North Port Performing Arts Center
This beautiful theater was the brainchild of Paul Kaskey, former city manager of North Port. The city planned to construct a Fine Arts Building in 2004. The Fine Arts Building took form with a proposal to utilize funds from the Sarasota County School District and the city of North Port. The combined fund of $6.5 million was approved by the Citizens Tax Oversight Committee. Vic Costello conceived, implemented and supported the construction of the North Port Performing Arts Center and this beautiful 1,000-seat auditorium opened in 2001. The North Port Performing Arts Center was designed by Ranon and Partners, Inc.
This auditorium has a fully handicapped-accessible stage that is 36 feet deep and 50 feet wide. The auditorium has many extras, including a hydraulically operated orchestra pit, movable band shell, light and sound control rooms, fly loft to hang scenery and catwalks that accommodate follow spots and other lighting and a set-building room close at hand.
An auditorium of this size and sophistication, the largest performing arts hall between Van Wezel in Sarasota and Barbara B. Mann Hall in Fort Myers, attracts off-Broadway plays, professional music groups and a wide variety of performances. The Center provides our high school students the opportunity, without leaving campus, to experience the rich variety of performing arts and cultural opportunities accessible to them.
The City of North Port and Sarasota County School District are proud of this accomplishment. The user groups of the North Port Concert Band, North Port Chorale and the North Port Symphony.
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Performing Arts Center Hearing Loop
Through the generosity of the Selby Foundation, the North Port Performing Arts Center (PAC) now has a Hearing Loop, which is the only system that sends the voices of performers on stage directly from the microphone into a hearing aid worn by anyone in the audience that has a T-Coil. Most hearing aids come equipped with a T-Coil that must be activated. It is recommended that you consult your audiologist to confirm it has been activated and to learn how to access it.
(photo by George Cott / Chroma Inc.)