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Emmert, who addressed supervisors in the public comments, said surrounding communities have larger auditoriums, more extensive stages and designated classrooms for the performing arts.
“With every production we find ourselves awkwardly trying to help people with disabilities to sit or stay in the back of the auditorium because there is no wheelchair accessibility,” said Emmert. “During my stay here there were some updates with paint, additional lighting, new curtains, new sound equipment. But the biggest problem cannot be solved with a bandage. We need more space.
She said in a production of “The Little Mermaid” in 2019 that one of the main characters of a boat on stage had to lean forward to avoid hitting a light above the stage, an example of current conditions. cramped. She asked the board of directors to contribute to a project that has been a need for over two decades.
“It’s time to support us, the community and your constituents,” Emmert told supervisors.
Amherst County High School graduate Kelsie Saunders also spoke in support of the project during the supervisors’ public comment session.
“Patricia Emmert puts some magic on that stage, and think about what she could do if she had more to give to the students,” Saunders said.
Arnold said a new food court and a common area at the new entrance would serve many functions.