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A grand new stage underway for the arts
North Hall Highs performing arts center set to be finished next year
Students walk past the construction site of the new performing arts center Tuesday morning at North Hall High. The new center is scheduled to open in fall 2016.

North Hall High School student actors, musicians, singers and performers will have a state-of-the-art space to call their own next year.

Construction of the school’s new performing arts center is well underway and on track for completion next summer, according to Hall County School District facilities director Matt Cox.

Cox said the construction is about “19 percent complete,” with the slab poured and steel being set for the roof.

The facility will include “a larger auditorium with better back-of-house areas, a new band suite, chorus suite and drama suite,” Cox said. A new lobby and ticket booth also will be built in the front of the center.

Principal Jamey Moore said the new performing arts center is an upgrade from the old 200-seat theater built in the 1970s.

“Having a new theater that seats 350 people ... will give us the flexibility to meet many of the school needs for meeting space,” Moore said. “Our old theater served us well for many years, but it lacked the space to house class meetings or larger events for our community. The drama, band and chorus spaces being built will meet the needs of these fine arts programs for generations to come.”

The new building is going up where the old chorus, band and theater were located in the space between the two gymnasiums.

Cox said the center will also improve security for the campus, as it connects the fine arts areas and both of the gymnasiums into one building.

The construction is being funded through education special purpose local option sales tax funds and is the start of a plan to update multiple performing arts centers at Hall high schools. East Hall High is on track for the next E-SPLOST-funded arts renovation.

Moore said he is grateful to Superintendent Will Schofield and the school board for “making fine arts a priority in Hall County Schools.”