LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Oak Grove High School has a brand new, $7.8 million performing arts center, and the first performance brought a packed house to the 1,125 seat auditorium.
Several special education classes put on a performance of "101 Dalmatians" Thursday for the center's inaugural performance, and it was written and directed by special education teacher Megan Hogue.
"We're excited we got to do it and they let us be a part of that," Hogue said of the historical performance.
The students' peers watched their Thursday morning performance in the 10,000 square foot auditorium, which includes a sound booth, professional lighting and cushioned seats with pull-out desks.
The group, called "Warriors Take A Bow," has a second performance Thursday night at 6 p.m., with a $3 admission. Proceeds benefit students who would otherwise not be able to afford summer camp at the ARC.
The performing arts center was funded through a legislative grant and a millage note, according to the Lamar County School District. It is also home to 16 new classrooms and multi-use rooms, including a show choir practice room.