New performing arts center in Carthage could get green light | KSNF / KODE


CARTHAGE, Mo. – The spotlight may soon take center stage in Carthage, if a proposed new performing arts center gets the green light.

The vision stems from a ‘Carthage 2020’ community meeting held about ten years ago – and a ‘Carthage 2020 and beyond’ meeting about two years ago. Two main projects were on the list – in addition to the technical center – which is now complete. And, a new performing arts center.

If voters approve the measure, it could free up space for more classrooms.
It would also replace the current center built in 1987 – which is aging and simply lacking in space.

“We want to use it for training first. We’re adding our band, choir, and theater to the facility, which will actually open up classrooms in the high school. But also for our community. At the moment we are using this auditorium as the main one in Carthage. It’s full. A lot of people can’t use it anymore because it’s just not a big enough place, ”said Carthage R-9 Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Baker.

The proposed new core specs include an orchestra pit and a fly system for the backdrops. Over 1,200 seats compared to the current facility’s 800 seats, balcony, and updated lighting and sound system.

The cost is approximately $ 18-20 million and will not result in a tax increase. Voters are expected to approve extending the current obligations already in place for a few more years. The school board has yet to approve the language of the ballot, and that will happen in January. If approved, it’s still unclear which election will have the problem on the ballot.


William E. Bennett