CBS 7 Exclusive Look Inside The Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center 07/08/11
CBS 7 News
July 8, 2011
Midland, Texas- The Wager-Noel Performing Arts Center is nearing completion after more than two year's of construction and it's receiving attention worldwide. In just a few months, west Texans will be filling the seats, enjoying live entertainment that before this, have never had access to, right here at home.
"You can feel the vibe, the anticipation of what's going to be," said Carol Roberts-Spence, Executive Director.
The Wagner-Noel staff is counting down the days until the performing arts center's doors open.
"What's left is the interior finishes, final paint and carpeting," said David Wayland, Senior Project Manager.
Just a short wait before a world of professional entertainment takes the stage for west Texans.
"It's the community’s building, all genre, all types of entertainment," said Roberts-Spence.
The center will feature major concerts, Broadway shows, symphonies and comedy shows, just to name a few.
"People won't have to drive to Dallas. I want people in Dallas to want to jump on planes to Midland because a show is only playing here," said Roberts-Spence.
The center is well over 100,000 square feet. It features a 1,800-seat auditorium, recital halls and classrooms for UTPB's Performing Arts Department.
"State of the art acoustics, sound system," said Wayland.
The Wagner-Noel is top of the line and a first for the Permian Basin.
"The architects, constructors, everyone are the best in the world," said Roberts-Spence.
And it's getting worldwide recognition.
"If you get a copy of ‘Venues Today’, open the front page and there we are," said Roberts-Spence.
If you'd like to check out the center, the staff is offering guided tours, every Friday. For information on those, click here.