A grant is being sought to assist with a major upgrade of the auditorium at Cabool High School – a project estimated at over $42,000.
Cabool Development Foundation (CDF) is applying for a Coover Foundation grant through Community Foundation of the Ozarks to replace the sound equipment at the auditorium. If approved, the $19,466 grant would provide an audio console, stage box, speakers, amplifiers, microphones, microphone stands, transformer, wiring and cables, and installation.
Also needed is new lighting, and CDF has pledged $20,000 to replace the antiquated stage lighting with LED lights and control boards.
Cabool R-IV Schools is on board to make all structural and electrical renovations necessary for the project. That work is estimated at $3,000.
Larry Baker, who is writing the grant request for CDF, said he plans to submit it by early next week. Work on possible funding is expected early in 2016.
Baker said Cabool High School has one of the few school theater facilities in rural Missouri. Built during 1936-38 when the high school was constructed, the original stage was where the present orchestra pit is located. The present stage was built when a 1963 project at the high school added a music room and the home economics and science rooms.
The auditorium seats 394. Over the years the seating has been replaced and air-conditioning has been added.
The grant application notes that upgrading the auditorium would assist not only school groups, but also community groups which could use the facility for plays, concerts, programs and meetings. “Having a theater that could be used by the school and by numerous community organizations would be a tremendous assist to Cabool and the surrounding communities,” Baker said.
News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise