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Madison East High Auditorium Renovation campaign may get boost!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on February 28, 2012

The Wisconsin State Journal recently reported on a new program to match public funds with private donations for projects like the “Raise the Curtain” fundraising campaign to renovate the East High auditorium.

We’ve been grateful to East High for allowing us to use the auditorium for our programs by John Olson and Dave Martinson on East High athletics in May 2010 and 2011. But we have to share the opinion of the acoustics and seating expressed in the WSJ article.

“The auditorium remains an ugly, acoustically dysfunctional lecture hall full of uncomfortable burnt orange bowling alley chairs,” wrote Matthew DeFour. The organizers of the “Raise the Curtain” campaign had hoped to find $3.5 million dollars by this year, in honor of East High’s 90th anniversary in 2012.

A refurbished theater would certainly be an asset to the area. DuFour quotes East High Principal Mary Kelley: “It will not only be an East High theater; it will be an East Side community theater.” But fundraising has been tough in the recent economic downturn. This new matching funds program could be just the ticket to get funds coming in. Read more here

We blogged about the “Raise the Curtain” campaign June 6, 2011. Read that post here

Photo by CRAIG SCHREINER – State Journal Paul Milisch, East High drama director, teaches a class Thursday in the auditorium, which currently features bowling alley chairs bolted to a concrete floor.






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