A curtain call for the Mighty Maroons

Published: Oct. 24, 2018 at 3:59 PM CDT
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Moline High School students, the long wait is coming to an end. For the first time in fifty years, a major addition is well underway at the high school auditorium.

Dozens of skilled workers leave no stone unturned. The twelve million dollar Bartlett Performing Arts Center is in the spotlight.

The project involves adding state of the art lighting, a first class sound system, and much more. There will be a shop for students to build stage sets. New rooms for band, orchestra, and choir to fine tune their talents.

The lobby at the center will be first class. Spacious, and bright. New windows add to the ambiance. The stone work is top notch.

The project had been waiting in the wings for years. Along came the Bartlett family Trust. When the family offered to donate eight million dollars toward the cost, that certainly jump started things.The school district kicked in four million.

There won’t be a bad seat in the house. An orchestra pit is also included in the design. Moline-Coal Valley School Superintendent Lanty McGuire says the audience will find the center very user friendly.

Signatures and initials of students who have performed in high school plays through the years will remain on the walls. A tribute to the past, as the school district looks to the future.

Work should be completed sometime in January. The center will make a statement. High School Principal Trista Sanders believes the performing

arts help students develop skills for a lifetime. That’s certainly worth a curtain call.

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