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CAHS stage has new look, new sounds

| Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 4:36 p.m.
Mark Hofmann | Daily Courier Connellsville Area School District Superintendent Daniel Lujetic (right) and high school musical director/producer Henry Molinaro stand on the newly renovated stage in the newly renovated auditorium at the senior high school were the musical production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' will be staged in early March. 2/14/13

Renovations at the Connellsville Area High School's auditorium and stage will be on display when the high school presents its annual spring musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” in early March.

“There are several major things,” said Henry Molinaro, the musical's director and producer. Among the changes is a complete pinrail system, which is a stage-rigging system, and a state-of-the art sound and lighting system.

“No one cannot hear anywhere in the theater,” Molinaro said. The new sound panels on the walls and ceilings enhance the acoustics in the auditorium. As the actors on the stage speak, visitors will tell the difference from past years.

“It's a good sound without the mics,” said Molinaro.

An enclosed sound and lighting booth has been added. Before, the sound and lighting table was in the open with audience members surrounding it.

Twelve feet has been added to the stage so actors can be closer to the audience. The auditorium is also projector capable.

Work on the 1,318-seat, handicapped-accessable auditorium started in May of last year. Work should be completed and ready for the entire musical cast next week.

“It's a terrific upgrade,” Molinaro said. “I'm excited about it.”

Connellsville Area School District Superintendent Daniel Lujetic said he's pleased with the auditorium, which he calls a strong component to bring the community into the school.

The auditorium was originally built in 1969 with no major changes or overhauls over the past 43 years. The floor and curtains have been replaced a few times.

Renovations at the auditorium and stage area are part of an approximate $41 million total school renovation project that is expected to be complete in the fall.

“‘Joseph' will kick off the new auditorium,” Lujetic said. “It will be a phenomenal beginning for many great performances to come.”

The performance dates for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” are 7:30 p.m. March 7, 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. March 10.

Tickets are on sale through March 10 at the ticket office in the visitors center in front of the high school. The ticket office will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The office will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday during the week of the show.

Tickets will be $10 each for the March 7 show and $12 each for the remaining shows.

To order tickets by mail, send a self-addressed stamped envelope Attn: Lynne Ritenour, Musical Tickets, Connellsville High School, 201 Falcon Drive, Connellsville, PA 15425. Enclose a check for the total number of tickets payable to the Connellsville Area School District. A phone number is asked to be included in the correspondence.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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