"The only thing it will really affect is our school performance, which is typically either the second or third week of May," said
The theater is expected to close for updates -- including upgrading restrooms and heating and cooling systems -- in
"We're thrilled that they are kind of scheduling it toward the kind of less busy season or downtime," Dragga said.
"We are very pleased that they are doing renovations," she said, noting some performances may be moved around next fall. "We are going to work around it."
Built in 1977, the
And, the theater and banquet hall are only part of the plan. The memorial center is also undergoing updates to lighting, the replacing of carpet and even adding Wi-Fi among several other renovations, Chavez said.
Many of the changes, including those to the theater, involve fixing existing property rather than replacing it.
"You want to utilize your funds the best you can," Chavez said.
Upgraded restrooms and changes to theater seating will be obvious to the public, but much of the renovation will likely go unnoticed by the average resident, Chavez said.
"There are some things that the general public is not going to see," he said, citing upgrades to the building's HVAC system as an example.
Some upgrades have already been completed, others are underway and Chavez hopes the rest will be finished by the end of next year.
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