By Dawn Krebs
MARTIN COUNTY -- On March 11, the curtain rose and the community celebrated the reopening of the Martin County High School Auditorium.
The occasion was marked with a gala-type celebration, with the ticket sales benefiting the performing arts program.
"We're excited about the reopening of the auditorium," said Al Fabrizio, Martin County High School Principal.
The auditorium has been closed for more than a year, having been damaged by a fire in January 2012. The fire caused extensive smoke and water damage.
"We know that the reopening of the auditorium has been a long time coming, but I believe it was worth the wait," said Laurie Gaylord, Martin County School Superintendent in a written statement. "It looks incredible. Everyone did a great job not only repairing the damage, but making the auditorium better than ever."
In addition to the repairs and remediation efforts, work was also necessary to comply with the current building and safety codes.
The auditorium, named the Wanda H. Yarboro Performing Arts Center, opened with performances by the Martin County High School Band, drama and OPUS groups.
"We would like to thank the superintendent and the entire school board for their support," said Mr. Fabrizio. "We look forward to our theater, choral and band programs having the opportunity to display the talents of our amazing students in our renovated facility."