‘The best thing in the world’: Young voices fill former Catholic church in Carondelet

As the kids at Carondelet Academy learn their lines and lyrics in theater and music class, they’re also learning life skills such as being comfortable in front of a crowd.

In 2017, developer Pete Rothschild gave the theater to the Carondelet Leadership Academy charter school, allowing it to expand. Rothschild bought the 158-year-old building and transformed it into a theater 10 years earlier.

The arrangement preserves history for residents in the Carondelet neighborhood while helping the school instill confidence in its students, according to music and theater teacher Chris Daniels.

“What we have going on here is anything but normal,” Daniels said.

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St. Louis charter school recognizes Ivory Theater donor


This week, a St. Louis real estate developer will be recognized for a generous gift.

Pete Rothschild donated the Ivory Theater to the Carondelet Leadership Academy. Now, the school is showing the community how they are already putting the former church to use.

As a teacher leads his class to a new beat on the Ivory Theater stage, you can already see how much the students enjoy learning about the arts in action. 

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