ARTS CENTER

The moment is now ... for the arts!

The arts are an important part of our Dominican heritage. In the spring of 2016, we unveiled our new Arts Center. With stadium style seating, a sprung wood stage, professional grade sound and lighting equipment, an art gallery, an enlarged 3D art classroom and a stagecraft workroom, the Arts Center is an amazing creative space. Our students now have modern facilities that properly showcase and nurture their remarkable talent.

The Arts Center: Two Phases

The Arts Center will be completed in two phases.

Phase One is a remodel and includes (completed in 2016):

  • 252 new theatre seats with improved sight lines
  • New proscenium stage with sprung wood floor
  • New theatrical lighting system
  • New production audio-visual system
  • New stagecraft work area
  • Lobby/art gallery for performance receptions and to showcase student work
  • Expanded and remodeled 3D art classroom
  • Remodeled entrance including handicap entrance
  • New HVAC system
  • New restrooms

Phase Two is an expansion and will include:

  • New dance studio and new music/choral classroom (all to be constructed in the expanded, adjacent area)
  • New green room/dressing room
  • New 2D art classroom
  • New theatre classroom
  • Improved theatre storage
Click here for photos of the completed Arts Center design.

Inside the Arts Center

Take a look around our new Arts Center and see how our students take advantage of all it has to offer!

The Art Gallery

When you walk inside the lobby, you'll notice the art gallery, where student work is displayed year round.

Students hang their work in the lobby's art gallery

Control Booth

Students interested in audio-visual production can learn using our state of the art system.

Students working in the state-of-the-art control booth

On Stage in Theatre Class

With the new proscenium stage and sprung wood floor, students in our theatre classes experience what performing on a professional stage is like.

Theatre students rehearse their lines on stage

In the Ceramics Studio

Our 3-D artists have a work room for all of their creative endeavors.

Mrs. Kent helps students plan and create their projects

Stagecraft

Students learn the art of stagecraft, using all the tools needed to create sets for FSHA's productions.

Recent Arts Center Productions

Alumnae Take Center Stage

The artsy ones—every school has them. The kids that spend their afternoons and weekends backstage building sets. The ones with paint splatter on their clothes. The girls that can’t stop humming and singing and dancing … even when they aren’t on the stage.

Julie Vogel ’81, Shannon Morzov ’94, Sarri Sanchez ’01 and Allison Lieskovsky Hasbrouck ’00 are four such Tologs who fell in love with the arts as students at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. We sat down with these dynamic alumnae to find out how FSHA shaped their artistic vision, how they turned their passions into careers and what advice they have for students interested in the arts today.

Continue reading about our alumnae artists on FSHA's blog.

The Auditorium Through the Years

1954

1954 Letter
In October of 1954, Mother Dolorosa sent a letter to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles requesting support for the construction of a “gymnasium-auditorium” at FSHA. Over the next three years, the Sisters raised $170,000 from parents and friends of the school to fund the project.

1955-56

Original Auditorium Building
Construction began in April 1955 and the Auditorium was completed in November 1956. The first performance in the Auditorium was Hugh Benson’s “Nativity Miracle” to celebrate Christmas 1956. 

Stagecraft

Working the Lights

“As the first to work the lights in the newly opened auditorium in December 1956, I have fond memories of missing school for a week as the drama teacher, Roberta Korte Reeves, and I labored to discover which handle on the dimmer board controlled which switch.” – S. Katherine Jean, O.P. ’59 (pictured at the light board in the background)

1960s

1960s Foxtrot

The Auditorium wasn’t only used for theatre productions. During the 1960s, students learned the foxtrot, modeled the latest looks on a makeshift runway and attended Mass – all inside the Auditorium.    

1968

Elizabeth Talbot-Martin

In 1968, Elizabeth Talbot-Martin joined the FSHA faculty as the new theatre instructor. With years of professional theatre experience, Talbot-Martin brought a level of professionalism to the FSHA stage. She introduced the annual spring production and under her direction FSHA produced “Pride and Prejudice," “The King and I,” and many more.

1980s

1980s Volleyball

In the early ’80s, Athletic Director Betsy Sauer approached Sr. Ramona about moving the P.E. classes and sports practice into the Auditorium. “It was time for the program to move forward,” says Betsy. “The days of asphalt sports were gone. We needed regulation-sized equipment.”

ComedySportz

ComedySportz James Bailey

In 1989, James Bailey brought ComedySportz to FSHA—a popular extracurricular activity that continues today. The improvisational game featured “matches” between school teams with audience members awarding points.

2000s - Ceramics Studio

Ceramics Studio

Though FSHA began offering ceramics in 2002, the ceramics studio didn’t actually move into the Auditorium until 2008. The ceramics studio took the place of the old kitchen, which hadn’t been of use since lunch service moved to the newly built Student Activities Center in 1998. 

2015 - Construction Begins

Auditorium Construction
In January of 2015, FSHA broke ground on the new Arts Center Remodel.

Grand Opening

The Arts Center opened in April 2016 with FSHA's annual Dance Concert. The building houses our productions, classes and more!
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth. 

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

440 St. Katherine Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Phone: 626-685-8300

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