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Joplin High School students gear up for grand opening show at new performing arts center

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Students at Joplin High School have spent the past couple days rehearsing on their new stage for the first time.

Last week, a certificate of occupancy was approved for the new performing arts center at the school.

Student performers are gearing up for 'Legally Blonde The Musical,' the grand opening performance at their long awaited new performing arts center.

"It's so amazing," said Maggie Baker, a junior who plays the role of Elle Woods. "It's nothing that we've had before."

"It's just amazing to be in this brand new facility," said Tracy Fisher, senior. "It's like a professional theater."

The main auditorium, which also serves as a tornado safe room, has 1,167 seats, and quite the backstage set up.

"We have a costume closet, a make up room with dressing rooms on each side, a scene shop to build sets in, anything we could have asked or wished for, we really have in the performing arts center," said Ashley Trotnic, theatre director. "It's really nice."

The new performing arts center also includes classroom space, practice rooms for choir and orchestra members, and an additional black box theatre.

"That is a more intimate space that will be set up to have theatre in the round, or outdoor theater," Trotnic said.

Rehearsing on their new stage, students say they cannot wait for their first performance, which for the seniors, will also be the last of their high school career.

"You get to just show off what your parents gave you, what God gave you," Fisher said. "You just have to go out there and leave it all out on the stage. It's just a really fun opportunity to be able to perform in such a nice place."

Students plan to put in a lot of extra hours over the next few weeks, to be performance ready by showtime.

"It's just going to be an amazing experience," Baker said.

The performances of 'Legally Blonde The Musical' will be held at the center, April 16- 18.
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