The LaGrange Society for Performing Arts’ Staff and Board of Directors opened their newly renovated building on 214 Bull Street for sponsors, donors, and supporters to tour the finished product. A special thanks was given to the Callaway Foundation, Inc., The Constance and Brooks Robinson Charitable Foundation, Inc., Alexander Construction, Milliken & Company, Flooring America, M & M Construction, Delaton Service Corporation, Sherwin Williams, LaGrange College, Eagle’s Nest, Inc./Eagle 102.3, Troup County Parks and Recreation, Evans and Evans Moving and Storage Company, Tanker Martin, Justice Davis, Jeff Sargent, Key’P It Simple, LSPA Board of Directors, and LSPA Sponsors and Donors for their generous contributions towards the building’s renovations.
Everyone gathered together in the dance studio where Amy Orr, Director of the LaGrange Dance Academy and LaGrange Ballet Company, along with her ballet students, showed off the new flooring, built specifically to support and sustain dancers’bones and joints. The ballet students also performed a small piece from their upcoming ballet, The Nutcracker.
Next, guests took a peek inside of the new Young Singers of West Georgia’s music room where a class presented their warm up routine and rhythm skills. Stacey Hardigree, the Conductor and Director of YSWG, gave a special thank you to the sponsors and donors because she finally has the space to create different stations of learning for her students. Guests were then shown to the space specifically designed for the Azalea Storytelling Festival team along with the newer Theatre Academy. The academy of 4th-12th grade students involves field trips to performances in the community while also hosting special workshops with professionals to build students’ specific stage skills. The tour was then finished in the main lobby where refreshments were served. “We have an unbeatable team to promote the arts in LaGrange,” said LSPA Director of Development, Jennifer Shook. This team not only has plans to continue serving their 400 plus students, but they also want to expand their involvement with the Boys & Girls Club and create a theatre program for special needs children from Lafayette Christian School’s Discovery Cottage. With new and exciting plans ahead, a toast was raised to the new changes and future endeavors of the LaGrange Society for Performing Arts.
Peyton Hanners Staff Writer