OLCHS is preparing for its much-anticipated ribbon cutting ceremony for the Performing Arts Center. The ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Weather permitting, attendees will gather on the sidewalk area outside the main entrance for the ceremony followed by comments from the Board of Education President Robert Loehr. Guests will then enter the theater for a series of student performances. Superintendent Michael Riordan said, "After many years of preparation and planning, and with the support of our Board of Education and the District 229 community, I am excited to see this dream become a reality. Our fine arts students and staff have demonstrated their commitment to excellence for many years, and with this beautiful new Performing Arts Center, they will now be able to achieve at even greater heights. The PAC will help our school continue to grow as we strive to achieve our mission by preparing all students for future success."
The Performing Arts Center is a state of the art facility. It will seat 630, and includes an orchestra pit, scene shop, two dressing rooms, and a Studio Theater. The sixty-five foot flytower allows for a fully functional rigging system and boasts twenty-eight separate linesets. In addition to the facility itself, a state of the art orchestra shell was included in the project and will transform the space into a concert hall unlike any the school has ever had. Gone are the days of converting gyms into performance spaces, Oak Lawn Community High School will now have a performance facility its students, staff, and community rightfully deserve.
In addition to the Performing Arts Center, the 18-month project included renovations to athletic facilities, including eight new tennis courts, and 3 shot put and 2 discus competition areas. Water retention improvements were also made to accommodate the project and future campus improvements. The benefits of this entire project will last well beyond this generation and Oak Lawn Community High School is proud of its dedication to the school community and our future Spartans!
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is open to the public.