Iowa Falls-Alden Auditorium

This photo from a rehearsal of the fall 2018 Iowa Falls-Alden High School musical shows the lack of stage lighting available in the school's auditorium. The actors' faces couldn't be lit because only three of the 12 theatrical lights at the front of the stage are in working order.

An Iowa Falls-Alden High School improvement project that was going to be done piecemeal as the district could afford it, will instead be completed in full thanks to the generosity of a local couple.

Last month the Iowa Falls School Board gave its permission for the district to spend at least $50,000 to replace ceiling and aisle lights in the high school's auditorium. But that was just a drop in the bucket compared to what’s needed. Dave Raver of Trivalent Lighting Studio in Des Moines, told the Board at its June 10 meeting that almost all of the auditorium’s lighting is in need of work or complete replacement. Most of the lights that illuminate the stage are inoperable, and many have exposed asbestos writing. Raver proposed another $110,000 be spent on equipment to upgrade the rest of the auditorium's lighting. But the school board, knowing it couldn't afford to do everything at once, bit an affordable - and pressing - piece of the project off first, with plans to do the other phases in future years.

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