CHS arts center opens

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Colchester High School's new performing arts center was officially opened to the school community at a ceremony last Friday with a ribbon cutting. (Courtesy photo)

Colchester High School’s new performing arts center was officially opened to the school community at a ceremony last Friday with a ribbon cutting. (Courtesy photo)

Last Friday evening, Colchester High School’s newly renovated Performing Arts Center officially opened to both student and community performers.

The audience heard speeches by superintendent Amy Minor, principal Heather Baron and school board chairman Mike Rodgers. There was an underlying theme in each speech: 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 were nearly original to the construction date of 1975. In March 2016, the Colchester School District asked voters for their permission to use the leftover money from the science construction bond toward 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 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 used by many organizations and community members, all of which will benefit from such substantial improvements. Immediately following Friday’s ceremony, the Colchester Community Chorus got everyone in the holiday spirit with the 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 at www.csdvt.org or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ColchesterSchoolDistrict 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.