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Hazel Green High School Theatre Department to receive grant

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The grant will help the high school's theater department. (Photo: MGN Online) The grant will help the high school's theater department. (Photo: MGN Online)
Hazel Green, AL (WAFF) -

This month, Hazel Green High School's Theatre Department was notified that they would be receiving a $20,000 grant from the State Department of Education.

Hazel Green Dramatis Personae, the theater department, will receive the grant in May and July 2014. The grant is called the Alabama Arts Education Initiative, and the grant proposal was written by Hazel Green's theater teacher, Mr. M. Clinton Merritt.

The money is intended to be used for purchasing chairs for the stage in the new high school lunchroom and to continue to upgrade the technical theater needs for the program.

The high school currently has a 95-seat black box theater built around the old lunchroom stage, but the program has outgrown this space.

The theater department has been moving many performances to the new lunchroom stage in order to allow more community members to attend, but audience members have to sit at lunchroom tables. The grant will help the department to purchase comfortable chairs for the audience and allow feeder schools to be invited to future productions.

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