As Prince of Wales College alumni, we were so pleased to see Holland College’s Charlottetown Campus named Prince of Wales Campus in 2011, commemorating and celebrating its historical significance. Now, two years later, we are tremendously excited about Holland College’s transformation plans for a beloved PWC landmark – the former gymnasium. The gymnasium holds a special place in the hearts of PWC alumni, having been the scene of a number of student productions, dances, and events during the Prince of Wales years.
The Holland College School of Performing Arts, a partnership with Confederation Centre of the Arts, opened its doors in September 2011, welcoming students into its Music Performance and Performing Arts Foundation programs. A Dance Performance program was also added in the September 2012, and a Theatre Performance program commenced in 2013. As “home” to these programs and the Holland College Welshmen Community Band, the former PWC gymnasium will be converted into a 300-seat performance hall and the original stage area will become a theatre space for training and performances. Memorabilia and artifacts from the early Prince of Wales days will be on display in a Prince of Wales College interpretive centre located on the ground floor of the performance hall.
A $1.3 million fundraising effort, the campaign was launched with a generous donation from Prince of Wales College alumna, Florence Simmons. As members of the fundraising committee for this significant initiative, we hope you will join us in realizing this exciting vision by pledging your support.