2017-03-16 / News

New stage curtains to be unveiled in opener of North Branch drama season

By NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com

NORTH BRANCH — With the spring play season gearing up in area high school auditoriums, North Branch High School will have the opportunity to unveil brand new stage curtains.

The curtains, made possible through a grant Lapeer County Community Foundation (LCCF), were installed over the weekend and replace the aging curtains that were hanging in the auditorium since the high school was built more than 20 years ago. The LCCF grant will cover $12,500 in costs for the curtains while the North Branch Area Schools will match that amount.

“The curtains will not only benefit the drama department,” said drama teacher Shawn Sorensen. “But the entire community.”

Sorensen cites that the Donald A Gleeson Auditorium in the high school building, named after former principal and superintendent Gleeson, features much more than just high school drama productions. “(The auditorium) has hosted a variety of community events,” said Sorensen. In addition to plays, the stage has been host to musical performances, dance recitals, guest speakers, television premieres and even funerals.

Sorensen expressed his appreciation for the LCCF grant, which, according to him, made it possible for the curtain upgrade. “On behalf of North Branch Area Schools, we would like to give our sincere thanks and extreme gratitude to the LCCF for their generosity,” he said.

The new curtains will be featured during North Branch High School’s upcoming performance of Craig Sodaro’s Crumpled Classics, with dates scheduled for March 23-25. The play, which reimagines established classic stories from Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and others.

Tickets for the upcoming performance are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors, veterans and children under 12 and are currently available for purchase.

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