On Friday evening, the community gathered inside the newly renovated Performing Arts Center at Colchester High School to cut the ribbon, and officially open the center to both student and community performers.
The audience heard speeches by Superintendent, Amy Minor; Principal, Heather Baron; and School Board Chair, Mike Rodgers. Throughout each speech there was an underlying theme: community pride and a deep appreciation for the tremendous support they have received for this project.
Up until this renovation, the theater and its technology was nearly original to the construction date of 1975. Back in March of 2016, Colchester School District asked voters for their permission to use the leftover money from the the science construction bond towards renovating the aging Performing Arts Center at Colchester High School. The voters said yes, and work began in June, just days after graduation. Six months later the work is complete and it now boasts all new flooring, seating, paint, acoustic panels, curtains, updated lighting and sound technology, and an upgrade to the ventilation system.
In addition to the vast district and school uses, the Performing Arts Center is also utilized by many organizations and community members, all of which will benefit from such substantial improvements. Immediately following the ceremony, the Colchester Community Chorus got everyone in the holiday spirit with their Annual Winter Concert.
The opening ceremony and concert turned out to be an incredible display of community pride among students, faculty, and the residents of Colchester. If you couldn’t be there to celebrate with us, head over to the district’s website or Facebook page to check out the video that was aired during the ceremony. It tours the new center and focuses on the overwhelming impact this renovation has had on the students and faculty who use the space regularly.