FAR HILLS, NJ – Central to the Far Hills Country Day School experience is the mission of developing students with confidence to perform and present their
ideas to the world. To that end, the school has enhanced its facilities with the new Betty Noling Auditorium designed by JGRA.
The project transformed an old gymnasium into a versatile performance space with over 620 seats. “Our design intent was to create a warm, inviting space for the Performing Arts program at Far Hills,” comments Camil Malouf, AIA, Project Architect. JGRA’s design includes retractable seating and reused room dividers to allow multi-functional use as both a drama classroom and practice gym.
Distinguishing features of the space are its professional control room, lighting, rigging, projection and sound equipment. Stained cherry wood stage and side wall panels give the space a warm atmosphere and are angled for optimal vocal performance when the sound systems are shut down. Other design features include a refinished wood floor, new stage front and color LED lighting.
Faculty and student response has been extremely positive to this new home for the school’s Performing Arts program. Further highlights about Far Hills’ educational recipe are featured in the Courier News.