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Southland Public Schools seeks help for new auditorium

KAAL-TV
Updated: November 08, 2019 10:59 PM
Created: November 08, 2019 10:35 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- From the lights randomly going out to the auditorium flooding twice, the Southland Public Schools community said a renovation is long overdue. The school has made several efforts to raise money one of which is through their production of The Sound of Music. 

"We have [a] very high attendance to a lot of our events for a really small community," said Madlain Vandeer, drama director of Southland Public Schools.

Months of hard work have been put into this show but they've also spent time to save the auditorium. 
 
"The auditorium has deteriorated," Vandeer said. "Every spotlight is plugged into a different outlet, into a different room, 100-foot extension cords so we don't blow fuses."

Technical problems forced scenes to be rehearsed multiple times during one dress rehearsal Friday night.

"The sound system has just been poor, the lights really need improvement, you know, and we just need a bigger space in general," said senior Wyatt Pederson. 

The school has since made a video that documents the technical problems. But even so, the show must go on. 

"[The auditorium is] pretty low quality but, I mean, we make it work which is amazing," said senior Matthew Mueller. 

Students, parents, and alumni have all worked together despite limited resources. 

"This community, they all pitch in for everything whether it's drama, sports, scholastics, everything, they always pitch in, they're in support. It's amazing," Mueller said. 

"That's what I love about rural communities, everyone comes together," Vandeer said. "We're all one."

A community in tune with making sure whatever they undertake benefits everyone for years to come. 

Southland has raised a little more than $200,000 but the community hopes to raise $630,000.
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