That's going to change.
The work will be done next summer.
"This grant will take us to the point where we are actually a professional level venue that puts on national touring acts without having to go outside the building to make rental purchases," Hall said.
"That's going to be really important to us as a venue."
The new sound system will be for live events. The
"What we don't have is a sound system for live events," Bentz said. "If you want to go on the stage and talk, I can give you a microphone _ and that's about it."
The current system, he said, is ineffective in reaching the balcony and other areas of the two-level house. The new line array system, to be suspended from the ceiling, will reach all levels.
"Then you bring in under-balcony fills _ small speakers on the underside of the balcony to make sure back corners of the main level receive sound as well," Bentz said. "Then you've got full, rich coverage of the entire house."
As for the current system, Hall said the recent round of renovations at the
"We're relying on an outdated, archaic system for the front," he said.
The new system will include recessed lights toward the back of the dome, and the removal of the lighting truss beneath the dome _ Bentz called it an eyesore.
The new system will result in a brighter stage up front, better theatrical lighting and "rock 'n roll lighting" for bands, Hall said.
Bentz said the district will "make" the
"So we were very tickled with that," she said. "The maximum amount you could get the last time was
"We were thrilled to get this grant and be able to finish," she added. "This gets us almost done with the
Any unexpected expenses for the
So far, the district has raised and spent
All of the money came from grants and private donations _ and a
The money for the Public Museum Capital Grants program _ altogether,
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