In the 1984 movie Footloose, Ren—played by Kevin Bacon—says, “Let’s dance!” Students at Newburyport High School can now dance, sing, and act in a state-of-the-art auditorium thanks to the support of the Newburyport Education Foundation and a final $150,000 donation from the Institution for Savings. In recognition of the gift, the bank will receive naming rights to the auditorium at Newburyport High School.
The final renovation and donation will conclude a three-stage project. In 2016, $80,000 was donated to upgrade the dimming board and $140,000 was used to replace the sound system and lighting boards. Phase three, completed in 2017, included $160,000 to modernize and add to the rigging and LED lighting.
Michael J. Jones, President and CEO of the Institution for Savings, said, “A school auditorium provides a place where students can be educated, enlightened, enriched, and entertained. It also serves as a gathering place for the community as a whole, home to local arts and cultural activities.”
And all of this fundraising, money, and work, has greatly benefited the students—educating, enriching, enlightening, and entertaining.
Stephanie Williams, a performing arts teacher at Newburyport High School, said, “Newburyport High School students, along with the entire community, have benefited from the tremendous philanthropy bestowed upon the auditorium. For the first time in decades, students have been heard clearly and authentically at our performances.”
The entire community is welcome to join us as we host a dedication ceremony for the Institution for Savings Auditorium on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:00pm at Newburyport High School. That evening, we will celebrate the Institution for Savings and other community donors that made this project possible. NHS Theatre staff and students will be on hand to lead tours throughout the evening. RSVP Here!