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Theatre at The Colony Excited to Show Off New-Look Home

Mamma Mia! begins Nov. 2 in completely refreshed auditorium

TATC 1 Nov. 1, 2018 – Since it was built in 1989, The Colony High School’s Auditorium has been the home of numerous memorable events in Cougar history. The TCHS Theatre program is responsible for a large share of those, including state championship-worthy One-Act Play performances in 2015 and 2017.

Theatre at The Colony is confident its upcoming “Mamma Mia!” opening night on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. will be added to that list – but not just for the acting. Thanks to the 2017 Lewisville ISD Bond, the auditorium has been renovated and this musical will officially begin a new era of performances.

“It's almost like Christmas,” Theatre at The Colony Co-Director Dwayne Craig said. “The auditorium renovations are something we have anticipated for so long now. It’s been a gift watching the auditorium transform into one of the most incredible spaces in the state of Texas. We look forward to watching our students’ performances elevate to the next level for years to come.”

Theatre at The Colony, which is also led by Co-Director Ronda Craig, will celebrate the renovations with a “grand re-opening” reception on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium foyer. Showtimes that day will be at 2 and 7 p.m. The performance on Sunday, Nov. 4 will begin at 2 p.m.

Upgrades to the auditorium include new light-emitting diode (LED) audience lighting, carpet (with lighting strips), curtains, paint, seating, stage flooring and stage lighting (LED and intelligent). The grand drape is also new and the proscenium stage was painted black to match it. The handicap-accessible ramp to the stage was also revamped.

The students are grateful to call the new-look, 860-seat auditorium home.

“It’s been very exciting to be able to begin this school year with our updated theatre,” TCHS senior Fox Elrod said. “We are extremely thankful to have this space. Especially because of the new lighting, our shows are going to look amazing on stage.”

Added TCHS senior Brinkley Oropeza: “The updated space has added to the Theatre at The Colony’s family feel. We spend so much time here. Everything is new and fresh and we love it. We are so, so thankful.”

In addition to the recent University Interscholastic League Class 5A crowns, Theatre at The Colony had a state runner-up finish in 2016 and was alternates to state in 2014 and 2017. Since that 2013-2014 school year, it has produced 13 full-scale musicals.

The students are confident the upgraded auditorium will not only help maintain the program’s success, but take it up a notch.

“With the new upgrades, it makes everything easier for us,” TCHS junior Ian Hanifan said. “We are able to be more fluent. With this space comes so many new opportunities to explore, learn and grow.”

In addition, the students believe the audience will become even more engaged. That can pay huge dividends.

“We draw so much energy from the crowd,” TCHS senior Awnna Singleton said. “Whenever we get an audience into it, the show gets better. If they are already energized before the show even starts because of how fantastic the space is, our performances are sure to be that much better. Our theatre is just the greatest.”

See pictures of the refreshed auditorium here.

Learn more about Theatre at The Colony here.

Purchase tickets to any of the “Mamma Mia!” shows here.

In addition to TCHS' auditorium refresh, Marcus High School's auditorium has also concluded a refresh project thanks to the 2017 Bond. Find more information about the 2017 LISD Bond here.