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Nixa Public Schools' Aetos Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open to the public this weekend after $15.3 million in building additions and renovations.
The 514 S. Nicholas Road performing arts center at Nixa High School is debuting Saturday night with a show by magician Mike Super, winner of NBC TV show "Phenomenon," said Zac Rantz, the district's chief communications officer and safety coordinator.
"We already have people coming from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and even Texas in addition to southwest Missouri," Rantz said via email of Aetos Center. "We hope that this venue helps support economic development in the area and also allows those locally to keep their money spent locally by bringing in entertainment options that they had to travel out of the area to see."
DeWitt & Associates Inc. served as general contractor for the 35,000-square-foot addition and 15,000-square-foot interior renovation project designed by Dake Wells Architecture Inc., according to past reporting. The Aetos Center features an 1,100-seat auditorium with a stage, orchestra pit, catwalk, set-building shop, storage, media room, concession/ticket office, lobby, restrooms and elevator.
Springfield-based Meridian Title Co. late last year entered a $300,000, five-year partnership with Nixa Public Schools for the Aetos Center, according to past reporting. Meridian's branding will appear on outdoor signage under the main Aetos Center sign, as well as various interior signage.
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