The performance space, which opened in August along with most of the rest of Donegal's new $38 million high school building in Mount Joy (the gym is still getting its finishing touches) still has that new-auditorium smell.Its 1,200 seats, upholstered in a muted shade of green that manages to give off a golden glow under the house lights, take up plenty of real estate. They do so beneath a grid of light-brown acoustic panels suspended in space near the ceiling.
The new auditorium will be home not only to the fall play and spring musical, but to choir and band concerts and various programs and assemblies that can now accommodate the whole student body.
"The first time I walked in here, it took my breath away," said Moriah Newman, an English teacher and production manager for the school's Donegal Performing Arts organization. "And it's hard to say that about a high school auditorium."
Only now, there will be a lot more seats from which to watch.