The new Performing Arts Center is a multi-purpose facility designed to accommodate the wide range of performances of MCC’s talented music, dance, and theatre programs. Re-imagined to fit the needs of MCC, the large theatre holds 462 seats, performance classrooms, music practice rooms, faculty offices, and the scene shop.
The North wall of the Performing Arts Center is a visual representation of the opening glissando of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”.
At the MCC Performing Arts Center we have many stages where our talented dance, music, and musical theatre performers put on exciting, quality performances throughout the year. A vibrant display of local talent, technological magic, and astounding acoustics, performances at the Performing Arts Center are a spectacle of delight.
The Performing Arts Center began as a movie theater, the old Harkins Fiesta 5, which was opened in 1979. MCC purchased the building, as well as the adjacent Fuddruckers, in 2009, and construction began on the Performing Arts Center as part of an effort to expand the MCC performing arts programs and revitalize the Mesa area. Elements of the old building, the Fiesta 5 sign and red seats from the original theater, were incorporated into the new building as an artistic reminder of the origins of the building. Click on the link below to see how the Harkins theater was transformed into the beautiful new Performing Arts Center.
Interested in attending our next performance? Explore our calendar of events to the right to see what’s coming soon to the Performing Arts Center.
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The Music Performance program at MCC is dedicated to the preparation of students who want a career as a professional musician. Our program provides you with fundamental musical skills including theory, performance, composition, and history. Whether you choose an instrumental or vocal emphasis, the Music Performance program will guide you on the path to becoming passionate, successful musicians.
The Music Theatre program will prepare you for a future on the stage. Classes like Broadway Solos and the Musical Theatre Performance group, Standing Room Only, will help hone your acting skills and train your voice. Large-scale musical productions are open to public auditions.
The Dance program at MCC offers a variety of fun, exciting, and challenging classes to suit every level of dancer — from beginner to professional. You’ll study the history of dance, gain valuable behind-the-scenes production skills, and master dance technique. Classes cover a variety of dance styles, from jazz to ballet to modern.