“When schools and community groups work together, everyone wins,” says Rebel Drama Director Nick J. Lowery. “We’ve gotten a recent donation from The Pride Ride to help with the Spring Musical, and the continued help we receive from the Players is greatly improving the facility in which both our groups perform and many residents of the area can enjoy
Wabeno Area Players and Wabeno High School are continuing their community and school partnership to improve the Nancy Volk Auditorium at WHS. With additions, tweaks
“We’ve had a wonderful facility since the addition to the school in the
On February 27th, WAP and WHS took another step in their efforts to improve the technology available for performances in the “Nancy Volk Auditorium.” Dean Kolze from the Lighthouse of Green Bay brought in some new lighting fixtures and several used ones. He and a crew of volunteers from WAP and the WHS student body did maintenance on the existing lighting system, installed the new lights and spent time learning how to repair and maintain the lights and the system. WHS provided for the maintenance costs while WAP arranged for the training, equipment
The result will be the elimination of several “holes” in the lighting grid and dark areas on the stage. Also, the increased number of lights will make it easier to highlight one area of the stage while leaving others dark. “We just didn’t have enough power to light one area without pulling lights from other areas,” explains Lowery. “Now, we should.”But WAP and WHS aren’t done there. The sound board from the lighting booth is being moved to the “house,” behind the seating in the main auditorium. Sound operators have had difficulty accurately hearing what the audience hears during a performance. The move will alleviate that. Moving the board includes knocking a hole through a cement wall and building a table, protective border and a locking cover for the board. WHS custodial staff, Fab Lab and WAP volunteers have worked together on the project.
All this is driving the new Fine Arts Series the Players have started.
Audiences will get a chance to see what Rebel Drama does with the improvements to the Nancy Volk Auditorium in We Will Rock You this March, and a chance to see Wabeno Area Players get creative with the new tech in their production of Working this summer. With new lights to play with, the future is looking bright for both of our local theatre troupes.