W.H.S. receives grant for theatre lighting

WHS theatre by Karen Diefendorf
The lighting improvements 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.
   Last year's work, accomplished with funds from the Northshore District Technology Levy, included a computerized light control board capable of creating far more effects than the previous system.
   Now, with the funding from the Arts 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 Richardson, King County Arts Commission member, for her support. Other important contributers were Hjalmer Anderson, drama instructor, for his theater technical-needs description, and King County Councilmember Louise Miller.
   Jones also credits the excellent reputation of Woodinville High's drama program for playing a large part in the grant award.
   Jones said it may not be generally recognized that students from the Woodinville drama program have received close to $1 million in college scholarships.
   The planned improvements should be in place before the spring play, Jones said. "This is a nice connection between school and community," he said.