New Music & Theater Building Opens

A new Music and Theater Building at Manatee Community College (MCC) Bradenton was completed in time to greet MCC students, faculty and visitors for the Fall term. The 19,500 square-foot building, a wing of the Neel Performing Arts Center, has its own entrance.

The building includes new classrooms and studio/offices and features these amenities:


  • Rehearsal room with 14 additional student stations
  • Better acoustics
  • Movable risers to provide flexibility
  • New studio/offices, practice rooms, classrooms and labs


  • New David S. and Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre with 118 seats
  • Overhead catwalk system for stage lighting
  • Dressing rooms with restrooms and showers
  • Ticket office
  • Scene shop
  • Prop storage areas.

Plans are being finalized for an open house and grand opening event.

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