Rendering of the performing arts center that is being built at Saugus High School William S. Hart Union High School District

Rendering of the performing arts center that is being built at Saugus High School.

Santa Clarita, Calif., high school is adding a performing arts center

468-seat space at Saugus High School will be called "The Forum."

The William S. Hart (Calif.) Union High School District is building a 468-seat performing arts center at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita.

The $14 million, 19,000-square-foot facility, dubbed "The Forum," will take about 20 months to construct, and is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Saugus Principal Bill Bolde says the theater will be a welcome addition to the school, which opened 40 years ago.

“We have waited a long time to see this dream come to being,” Bolde says. “Saugus students representing the performing arts (band, choir, drama, and dance) have built a legacy of excellence over the past 40 years and they have done so using an undersized black box theater (multi-purpose room).”

The Forum is being built on land that now is a staff parking lot. Funding for the facility comes from a $300 million bond issue approved by voters in 2008.

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