All four Trigg County Schools regularly use the theater, as has the performing arts group SKIT, a branch of the Janice Mason Art Museum, for its summer musicals since 2006. Last August, Paul Fourshee, a member of the JMAM’s board of directors, came to the Trigg County Board of Education to request that they make a substantial investment in improving the facilities of the theater, which was built in 1972. He said that the sound and light systems were woefully sub par and that the lights could even be dangerous because they were so old. Board members voted to commit $20,000 in their next budget for upgrades, and formally approved it several months later. Fourshee said that it would take a minimum of $30,000 to get the equipment they needed, and that the museum would work on trying to raise the rest. The Board of Education office also sent out several grant requests.
Last week, Goody’s department store awarded the high school $10,000 for theater equipment. Fourshee said that with the Board of Education and a $2,000 grant from Wal-Mart, the theater would have more than the minimum amount it needs to purchase the basic equipment. He said that anything over that amount could be added to the equipment when the funds become available. He said that the museum board and the Board of Education are still waiting to hear about several grants, including the Hometown Helper grant for which Fourshee applied for through the Hamburger Helper website.
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