Can't wait to visit the newly renovated auditorium at William Kelley High School? The wait is over.
A community celebration of the WKHS auditorium renovation, with a family friendly
concert of music, dance, special guests and ice cream for all, is Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The auditorium recently went under a complete renovation after a solid year of fundraising efforts, led by English and theater teacher Katie Fritz. The auditorium was built in 1958-59 and hadn't been renovated since. The renovation began June 11 when volunteers, alumni, custodians, students and staff disassembled the old seats.
Changes include 500 new chairs with a few designated for wheelchair access. Each donated seat cost $200 and will have a plaque listing the donors' names.
The theater also has a new sound system with a concert hall feel and a new sound booth. Multiple stage and pit sound inputs have been added. Stage lighting ladder positions have been added to the auditorium walls in addition to stage lighting ceiling and circuitry enhancements.
Giant auditorium wall silhouettes of performers were painted in the summer of 2017 by WKHS instructor Terry Blood and the ceiling has been given a fresh coat of paint with a subtle touch of blue.
The total work costs an estimated $195,000. Financial support by the community and players like Cleveland Cliffs and Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation drove funding forward, along with alumni donations.
To date, $172,000 has been raised and donations will be accepted at the celebration.
Fritz will emcee the celebration.
The lineup includes the Lake Superior Community Theatre House Band, Kelley High Jazz Ensemble and vocal students, North Shore Voices Community Choir, Teresa Aho Band and an appearance by Renee Moe's Sterling Dancers of Two Harbors.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with a $5 suggested donation. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.