$2.4 Million Stage, First of Its Kind In Metro School Districts

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DES MOINES, Iowa - The last time North High School updated its stage and sound system in the auditorium was in 1983 however later this week the drama department will take center stage on a brand new stage with brand new equipment.

“They installed a brand new lighting system and sound system both digital and wireless systems. It’s great for the students to learn on that and learn from stuff that’s modern day instead of antiquated stuff like before,” says director and drama teacher, Mark Rixon.

The $2.4 million dollar stage and professional lighting equipment will be the first of its kind in metro schools. Almost 30 students have practiced and have been involved in the production of the "Addams Family” since the beginning of the school year.

Senior drama student, Hatte Kelley says the transformation is something to be proud of.

“There is funding going towards hard work and this hard work isn’t for nothing.”

Kelley is heavily involved in the drama program and says the new equipment has boosted moral within the department as well as serving as a hands on learning experience.

“It’s really exciting to have that kind of professional development that you think only college students get but now high school students have access to 2 million dollars’ worth of equipment. It’s just amazing.”

The play runs Thursday, October 30th through Saturday November 1st at North High School. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children.


  • Gary Stanford

    Drama will really help get you a job or teach you common sense.For these kids who won’t get a college education they need job training and drama ain’t gonna do it.

  • Mike Cee

    While Des Moines Public Schools consistently rank below average, the school board has managed to allocate 2.4 million dollars for a drama department. A brilliant use of funds that could have and should have been used elsewhere.
    At least the kids will be able to act like they’ve received an education.

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