Houston Christian community paid tribute to Janet and Richard Drake at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Drake Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2008. Student officers from the band, choir, orchestra, and drama department expressed their enthusiasm and appreciation to the Drakes for their generosity in providing the school with the performing arts center. Each area of performing arts now has its own space for practice and storage.
Cole Kaestner '09, HCHS Orchestra Student Conductor, shared his excitement with the crowd that with orchestra practices now being held in the performing arts center, students no longer have to set up chairs and then place them back in storage in the chapel. Senior Alexandra Brown '08, Mustang Band Student Director, said the band students were thrilled that they no longer have to practice in a cramped space at the back of the school campus. Maddy Giering '08, HCHS Choir President, stated that the current choir room was filled to capacity with risers, and there was no longer room for choir students. Mike Reasor '08 expressed his joy that the drama department has a place they can call their own.
"We are so thrilled to be a part of providing these students with a place to further develop their talents and creativity," stated Mrs.
Drake, before cutting the ribbon to open the Drake Performing Arts Center (PAC) officially. She continued by sharing her excitement in watching the campus grow.
Construction on the PAC began in June 2007, but was held up for two months due to rain in June and July. It was still completed on time, as planned so that the senior class could use the building before graduation. The PAC includes a 200+ seat black box theater, which allows the drama department to put on plays in theater style,
"in-the-round," or any other configuration which best suits the production. It has six additional classrooms and a keyboard lab. The band hall includes a sink for washing instruments, the orchestra room has a wooden floor so that music will resonate better from wooden instruments, and the lockers in the choir room were built specifically the allowance better acoustics. The foyers of the PAC will showcase different art exhibits throughout the year.