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New Auditorium Stage to Host Graduation for First Time

The seating is new and more comfortable than the old seats.

When the 2024 graduates walk across the auditorium stage on Friday, May 31st to accept their diplomas, they will be the first Tyrone class to graduate on the newly renovated auditorium stage.

Two years of COVID moved graduation outdoors to the school parking lot in 2020 and 2021, and due to the renovation project, the 2023 graduation was held in the gym.  

All the feedback I’ve received from students and community members has been very positive. Everyone loves the space

— Band Director David Hock

The new auditorium officially opened in November 2023, and since then it has hosted two band and chorus concerts, two community lectures, and the annual spring musical.  

“All the feedback I’ve received from students and community members has been very positive. Everyone loves the space,” said Tyrone Band Director David Hock. 

Hock and his band students had the honor of giving the first performance in the new auditorium in November.

The first and most important thing that almost everyone mentioned is the improved acoustics of the space. 

There is significantly less house noise from the HVAC units. Before the renovations and when there was no performance going on, it was so noisy in the space that it was difficult to have a conversation with someone just a few feet away without raising your voice,” Superintendent Leslie Estep said. 

Hock agreed that he likes the new look of the room, but it’s the acoustics that make the space special. 

“It is so much easier to hear performers on the stage and so concerts and performances have become so much more enjoyable for the audience. The improvement in sound is the thing I’m happy about the most,” Hock said. 

Another improvement that isn’t obvious to the casual observer, but makes Drama Club adviser Jonathon Holmes happy is the new high-tech lighting and control board. 

“We now can include several lighting effects on stage at the same time, which is wonderful,” Holmes said.

Retiring chorus director Laura Harris got to direct her last musical in the new space.

“The students really love the upgrades to the sound and lighting systems, and they also like the technology that’s been added to the space. Audience members from concerts and the musical have commented on how much the acoustics have improved,” Harris said.  

The most obvious difference when visitors first enter is the new look of the room, which is much brighter than the old space. 

“The space was pretty dark and starting to look dingy before starting the project.  Now, with different, newer lighting, ceiling, and lighter casework, the whole room is much cleaner and brighter,” Estep said. 

The project cost $4 million dollars. The most expensive part was replacing and relocating the four HVAC units in the ceiling above the seating space to the roof of the middle school next door to keep noise in the auditorium to a minimum.

“I am very pleased with the project. We have received a great deal of positive feedback from the public who continue to say that it was difficult to realize just how much the room needed a facelift until it was done,” Estep said. 

One Tyrone student who is especially excited about the new auditorium is senior Bekah Sprankle. 

“I practically grew up performing on that stage. I was hard to not have it for so long, but I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out,” Sprankle said. 

The students really love the upgrades to the sound and lighting systems, and they also like the technology that’s been added to the space. Audience members from concerts and the musical have commented on how much the acoustics have improved

— Chorus Director Laura Harris

NOTE: The story originally said that graduation was held outside in 2022. It was held in the auditorium and the story has been updated to reflect this. 

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Grace is a sophomore at Tyrone Area High School. This is Grace’s first year in Eagle Eye as a staff member. Grace plays softball and basketball. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family. Grace likes writing about school sports and other fun activities within the school. Grace is a member of All Eagles, a club dedicated to student inclusion. She also is in the National Honor Society. Grace is a part of the Eagle Eye Yearbook. Her favorite subject in school is Math. When Grace gets out of high school, she wants to attend a 4-year college to be a teacher for Elementary Special Education students. Grace is excited to write stories!
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