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Published January 28, 2013, 06:21 PM

Devils Lake Schools Consider Auditorium Plans

Devils Lake Public Schools is looking into building a performing arts auditorium, giving musical and theatrical students a space all to their own.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Devils Lake Public Schools is looking into building a performing arts auditorium, giving musical and theatrical students a space all to their own.

Devils Lake High School is one of just three Class A schools statewide without an auditorium, but a year-long effort has been underway to help fix that issue. Ashley Nicholson, Drama and Speech Student, "We're looked down upon sometimes. People don't think we're really that important.

Performing arts students can feel that way when they're forced to sing in a cafeteria. Verna Brown, Devils Lake High School Choir Teacher, "You have to wait for janitors to finish cleaning up the room from lunch and all the students here." Nicholson, "We've had to move our plays a little later or a little earlier because of choir concerts or other performances." But a committee of parents and school employees has been working to fix the problem and progress is being made. Sally Dahl, Fine Arts Committee, "We went over some architect proposals from eleven different architects and we narrowed it down to four." Those four architects will meet with the school board this week discussing plans for a new auditorium. Dahl, "We're hoping to at least have a 700 seat facility." Brown, "It would be amazing to have a place, a dedicated area where we can have band, choir, orchestra, a place to perform, and also have the drama and theater department have their productions." Supporters say it'll bring out the best in performing arts students for years to come. The school board is hoping to choose and architectural firm for the project by its meeting on February 11th.

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