Daniel Island to build first performing arts center

Daniel Island to build first performing arts center

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Residents on Daniel Island will soon be ramping up their fundraising efforts for a new performing arts center. The Daniel Island Performing Arts Center will be the first of its kind on the island and in all of Berkeley County.

Founder of Park Circle's South of Broadway Theater, Mary Gould, has been working on making this vision a reality since 2014.

Gould says the property has already been bought at the corner of Island Park Drive and River Landing. The property is 1.44 acres and will transformed into a state of the art performing arts center.

Gould says $5 million has already been raised but organizers are rolling out a new campaign to acquire another $10 million. The center is estimated to cost $15 million to build. It's tentatively set to be open by 2020.

Gould says they will rely on venue revenue and donated funds to create an operating budget once it's open.

The theater will be 400 seats, with two balconies and an orchestra pit. Gould says they are taking special measure to ensure the acoustics are fitting for an "intimate" space for live music and entertainment.

The center will also include a catering kitchen, several rehearsal halls, gathering spaces, green and dressing rooms.

Gould says they're looking forward to collaborating with the City of Charleston, Berkeley County and Berkeley County School District.

The performing arts center is intended to be the epicenter of a new mixed used development on Daniel Island that's in the early planning stages.

Gould says they acquired a rendering from the Clemson School of Architecture. However, it's not a final design. That will be created by the local design team leading the project, Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects.

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