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Published November 09, 2009, 10:32 PM

Grand Forks Schools Look To Improve Theatres

Grand Forks schools are looking to improve their music and theatre arts programs by revamping or possibly rebuilding theatres at Central and Red River.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

Grand Forks schools are looking to improve their music and theatre arts programs by revamping or possibly rebuilding theatres at Central and Red River.

Improving the music and theatre arts programs has been on the agenda for quite some time.

Analysis of both schools began in May and as of right now nothing is set in stone.

The principal architect at Perkins and Will gave a presentation to the school board tonight outlining possible options for the theatres at both Central and Red River.

As of right now it looks as if a new theatre will be built at Red River that links to the existing building, while the theatre at Central will take on significant upgrades.

Perkins and Will Principal Architect Tom Rozeboom:"Frankly, as a space to start with, it's superior to what Red River has so it needs some help in developing a full performance hall but it doesn't need the kind of upgrades that we would talk about for Red River."

One of the key factors in the upgrades will be adding additional seating.

Currently both theatres hold fewer than 500 people each but suggested improvements could raise seating capacities to 700 or more.

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