The Goody’s department store in Hopkinsville recently announced that it had chosen to give the high school a grant for $10,000 to help purchase new lights and a sound system in the Little Theater. Along with $20,000 set aside by the Board of Education for the same purpose, the school and the JMAM board are hoping to install some new equipment soon.
Drama club sponsors Audrey Jones and Angelica Garnett welcomed the public to the check presentation Monday afternoon. Jones spoke of how the theater has been used not only by the school, but also by the community for a diverse array of functions over the years. She said that since the drama club was formed in the last couple of years, the students have found it frustrating that only seven out of 12 outdated sound channels work, among many other problems. She said that portable speakers were used in the last school play.
The audience then watched the video that accompanied the high school’s application. In it, students spoke of how awful the equipment, which has remained the same since the theater was built in the early 1970s, is. Student Ashley Sleet directed the video, which featured grainy-looking footage from last year’s school play and the drama club members acting as a disgruntled audience that couldn’t hear.
“Now, the audience will be able to hear past the front two rows,” Jones said, leading several JMAM board members in the back to erupt in applause.
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