New performing arts center will allow new options for next plays


Kaiden Huber

“Anything Goes” was the last student musical in the old auditorium in December of 2020.

Iman Hassan

Showcasing plays is one aspect of the new performing arts center (PAC) the Boone community is looking forward to. Since there’s not even a completion date for the center, there aren’t any plans for an upcoming play in the spring.

Despite that, there’s anticipation for what the auditorium will provide for future plays and performances. There will be a plethora of opportunities for theater according to the teachers who have directed plays in the past.

Due to a lack of space on stage and backstage, there were many challenges in the old auditorium.

The selection of shows were based on which set designs would be most effective on the stage. With the new auditorium, there will be a wider array of options to choose from.

Backstage space, backstage access for set pieces, and dressing rooms that are separate from the stage are all part of the new space.

On-stage productions will no longer be held back by the previous limitations imposed by these upgrades.

“One of my dreams for the new facility is to provide students school time to see productions,” said Lauren Barnhill, the school’s choir director who has been involved in multiple productions. The previous auditorium’s location prohibited performances during school hours.

If this is implemented, it will allow many more students in this school to witness the talent and hard work of the performing arts students, she said.