MANASQUAN – The Manasquan High School’s [MHS] Jack Nicholson Theater will have massive renovations done this summer, overhauling the lighting system, sound system and installing new seats.
Mr. Schatzman described Phase 1 as including a fresh coat of paint, new carpeting and general infrastructure improvements to the facility. This was completed in the summer of 2021 and cost the school $34,600, according to Business Administrator Peter Crawley. The district also overhauled the lighting system by installing new shell lights, dimmers and sconces. A sconce is a small light to shine onto the ground to give a faint aura of light for theater attendees to see while in the dark. This will cost the school $30,000 according to Mr. Crawley.
Phase 2, recently partially completed, involved the overhauling of the sound system of the theater. This was completed just before MHS’s performance of “Mamma Mia!” and cost $105,662, according to Mr. Schatzman.
Phase 3 will continue to add speakers to the theater, remodel the tech center on the second floor of the theater and add new stage lighting to the theater as well. This will end up costing $94,930 in total.
The largest aspect of Phase 3, according to Mr. Schatzman, is the removal and replacement of new chairs in the theater. These new chairs will be slightly larger than the previous one, with the size going from 19 inches to roughly 21 inches, according to Superintendent Kaysan. This does mean there will be less seating in the theater, with the new seat count being just under 400, which is a slight drop from the current number of seats being 469. This is the most expensive part of the renovations at $204,970.
These projects will begin over the summer and aim to be completed by October or November this fall.
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