When Center Grove High School hosted the Best of the Midwest choir event in February, the auditorium’s audio equipment wasn’t up to the task.
The theater’s speakers and amplifiers can’t adequately carry sound throughout the theater. Other times the equipment broadcasts interference or has dead spots, which distracts from performers’ singing. If Center Grove wanted to continue hosting the event, the school district had two choices: start renting audio and lighting equipment for major productions, or replace the equipment already in the auditorium, director of maintenance Dave Statler said.
None of the auditorium’s equipment — including the controls for the house lights, the audiovisual components and a makeshift control booth, has been updated since the mid-1990s when the theater was first built, Statler said. This summer, school officials will start updating the auditorium’s equipment, which will be used by drama, choir and band students.