OCPAEC Will Create Opportunities for the Students & the Community

By Caley Nell

The addition to OCHS that is currently under construction is the Oak Creek Performing Arts and Education Center (OCPAEC), which will open up in the fall of 2021. The new Performing Arts and Education Center brings students and the community the following key advantages:

The larger performance area for students in theater, choir or band, and even for honor and sports awards will contribute to a more ideal overall experience.

The new space will allow educational opportunities where students can learn skills to help them in future careers. Additionally, they will be able to shadow careers in sound, costume, design, lighting, orchestra, and public relations. Students can apply for internships by September 1 and begin their journey in October and finish it in June. If students have any questions, they can contact the director at l.hulgan@ocfsd.org.

Not only will the OCPAEC be enriching for the students but also for the community. The community can, of course, enjoy watching student performances but also rent the building for its own events. 

New Director Hired to Manage the Space

“There is something so special about working with students, and helping them shine through their onstage performance.”

Lyn Hulgan, Director of OCPAEC

Lyn Hulgan has been hired as the new director of OCPAEC. Hulgan’s career started in hotel events, which later grew into bigger productions and getting familiar with big name artists. Hulgan has been helping grow venues, live productions, stage and tour management, performing arts, and corporate meetings, as well as professional development courses for colleges, universities, and business professional for the last 20 years. She now lends her finely honed skills to OCHS students and community. “There is something so special about working with students, and helping them shine through their onstage performance,” she said. “It’s an absolute joy to watch a group of performers come together and create magic on the stage.”

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