Davenport Central unveils auditorium

The Performing Arts Center is complete after nine months of delays

DAVENPORT, Iowa. - Davenport Central High School lifted the curtain on their new auditorium.

Work on the Performing Arts Center and a new pool started two years ago.

The district showed off the new facilities Wednesday.

"It looks a lot nicer than what I was kind of expecting, it'd kind of match the rest of the school. But, it's a nice modern twist. It looks very nice and it sounds amazing," said Central High Senior Thomas Theiling.

Theiling is part of the choir, band and orchestra at Davenport Central.

He's a graduating senior who says the new Performing Arts Center was much needed.

"Any other time we would want to be doing any kind of performances we would either have to go down to the Adler or another high school and have to haul all of our equipment over there," said Theiling.

"Central was the last auditorium to be updated. It was a long time coming, and an upgrade certainly for the district also. It's such a great facility. It's going to be one of the most sought after facilities in the entire region," said Davenport Schools Superintendent Art Tate.

The 900-seat auditorium and the new pool were supposed to be finished back in August.

Various issues caused delays.

One was connecting the old building to the new one.

The pool section of the facility was completed back in January. 

It's twice the size of the old one that was built in 1960.

"If they're going to compete in athletics, we need to give them an adequate facility, and that pool is adequate. And it's going to make them better swimmers, fast swimmers, and I think it will increase the participation in the program," said Tate.

The Performing Arts Center is described as state-of-the-art, with motorized curtains, an arch at the back of the stage for acoustics and monitors to see the show from behind the curtains

Theiling says it may inspire students to try band or theater.

"I'm hoping that it will put a lot of emphasis on being in bands and orchestras and choirs, having so many nice things. But, I think it will also be a big help for our theater program," said Theiling.

Seniors have already been able to use the stage.

They did a class performance in front of friends and family last week.

 


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