Wallace State Community College offers its students several creative outlets through its Fine and Performing Arts programs. Students can choose to participate in numerous instrumental and vocal performance groups, drama, and studio art programs.
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The Ottis and Evelyn Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts opened in Spring 2010. The 42nd building on Wallace State’s 300-acre campus, it was constructed using sustainable materials and green energy concepts.
This premier, state-of-the-art facility contains an intimate 230-seat recital hall, band and choir rooms, ensemble rooms, a choreography and dance studio, recording rooms, individual sound proof practice rooms and digital music composition laboratories as well as indoor and plein air art studios, a graphic arts computer lab, multimedia classrooms, offices and meeting areas. The Evelyn Burrow Museum, a museum of fine and decorative arts donated to the College by Mrs. Burrow is also located in the Burrow Center.
THE BETTY LEETH HAYNES THEATRE, located in the Wallace State Student Center, is used for large-scale performances by the Wallace State Music and Theatre Departments, including productions of Beauty and the Beast and Little Shop of Horrors. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Community Concert Series, Glenn Miller Orchestra and Montgomery Ballet have also performed on this stage. Equipped with surround sound, high definition video and a 3-D quality theatre screen, this venue provides seating for more than 1,000.
Life after Wallace
Wallace State performing arts students have gone on to careers in music education and direction, directing bands and choirs in educational and worship settings. They perform as actors, singers and as members of various types of bands and musical groups, often learning to play several instruments and performing a variety of styles to improve their versatility. Theatre, film and television provide opportunities not only for actors, but for singers and musicians, who may perform in recording or production studios, for radio and even video games. Music careers also include composing and arranging music. Theatre careers include directing, playwriting and screenwriting, set and costume design, choreography, and the like. Classes and activities offered at Wallace State introduce students to many of these areas. The benefits to students who participate in the performing arts, regardless of whether they are majoring in one of these disciplines, in addition to achieving subject matter expertise, are an insider’s perspective that leads to a lifetime of enjoyment of the arts, the feeling of accomplishment that comes from being part of something greater than oneself, and skills such as collaboration and team work, leadership, poise and creative self-expression.