W.H.S. receives major grant for lighting
by Karen Diefendorf
The improvement in the lighting for Woodinville High School's theatre that began last year will now be completed thanks to a $30,000 grant recently awarded to the school by the King County Council Arts Commission.
The improvements that were made last year with funds from the Northshore District Technology Levy included a computerized light control board that was capable of doing far more and creating more effects than the present system was capable of. Now, with the funding from the commission, the system will be digitalized, which will allow for a better and more precisely lit stage than the analog system provided.
Although the new system will provide improved stage lighting for the actors, teachers, and audience, principal David Jones explained that some of the greatest benefactors will be students working behind the scenes who will receive training with the new lighting technology.
According to Jones, much of the credit for the grant goes to W.H.S. parents: Carl Gaddis for his crucial drafting abilities; and Leigh Richarson, King County Arts Commission member, for her support. Other important contributors were Hjalmer Anderson, drama teacher, for his theater technical-needs description; and Louise Miller, county council member.
Jones also credits the excellent reputation of Woodinville High's drama program for playing a large part in the awarding of the grant.
"Students from our drama program have received close to $1 million in scholarships to various colleges," Jones said.
The planned improvements should be in place before the spring play, Jones said. "This is a nice connection between school and community," he said.