New school needs an auditorium

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2004

I recently read an article in the Juneau Empire regarding the Dimond Park high school auditorium, gymnasium, and auxiliary gymnasium. I understand there is a problem facing the gym size versus auditorium size. As a senior and very active drama student at Juneau-Douglas High School, I have seen some constant struggles backstage in the past few years. Juneau has very rich roots in the arts; many groups use our auditorium for various things. The stage is constantly booked one event after the other. The students who produce the productions at the school suffer tremendously at the lack of time allotted to them to use the stage to practice. I would know, as I am one of them.

The Dimond Park high school calls for an unnecessarily large gym with seating for 1,200 to 1,600 people. The gym at JDHS seats 1,200 people, which is about how many students attend the school. I seriously question the need for a gym that seats 1,200 to 1,600 people when the Dimond Park high school's student body will only be 900. It also diminishes the size of the auditorium, which the community needs. Correct me if I'm wrong: There are about 11 gymnasiums in Juneau. Compare that to the one auditorium we have in our increasingly growing arts community. What good would come from having yet another large gymnasium?

Justin McCown


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