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Bronxville School Celebrates Auditorium’s Grand Opening

The Bronxville School celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The celebration featured performances by members of the Bronxville High School Chorus, Orchestra and Band, as well as a special recognition of the PTA, Bronxville School Foundation and private donors who were instrumental in the success of the renovation project.

Bronxville Board of Education President Denise Tormey and Chairman of the Facilities Committee David Brashear delivered the opening remarks before Bronxville School Technical Director Brad Ashley demonstrated the LED theatrical lighting and its capabilities. A ribbon-cutting symbolized the official grand opening of the auditorium.

“This auditorium has been sorely needed for decades,” said Tormey, who thanked the administration, the project’s lead architects, supporters and donors. “It is certainly fair to say that the finished product exceeds our most ambitious aspirations for this space. This state-of-the art performance venue and gathering space is a shining example of what makes Bronxville special – enormous generosity and boundless community spirit.”
Brashear echoed similar sentiments and added that school officials had worked tirelessly throughout the journey. “Our architects assembled a talented team of auditorium design specialists, and this team helped to create the best acoustics possible in a space that has state-of-the art systems and equipment, all designed to facilitate the most technically outstanding productions possible,” he said.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Quattrone praised the administrative team who had to demonstrate creativity and flexibility during the two-year construction period that took the auditorium offline. He also commended the entire community.

“Every resident of Bronxville contributed to this project through their taxes, and we are grateful for that broad and deep support, not only for public education in general, but for the performing arts in particular,” he said. “It’s an important statement about what we value.”

Originally built in 1924-25, the auditorium has been restored to its original grandeur featuring modern and sophisticated upgrades. The multi-use, high-performing theater includes new seating configurations, balconies, new theater and HVAC systems, lighting and acoustic enhancements, restoration of the original windows and proscenium, and a new lobby addition.
The Bronxville School auditorium was designed to be energy-efficient and has improved function, quality and accessibility. It was designed by KG&D Architects and the project was supervised by Park East Construction. District funds for the project (including the middle school science labs) totaled $7.5 million, augmented by $2.5 million that was raised by the Bronxville School Foundation, Bronxville PTA and private citizens.

Special thanks go out to the following people who were instrumental in the renovation project:

• James Hudson, Board Member Emeritus
• Russ Davidson, Sue Davidson Brian Mangan and Erik Wilson, KG&D
• Tony Spallone and James Wojcik, Park East Construction
• Nina Evison and Helen Knapp, past PTA Presidents
• Priscilla Newman and Louise Parzick, Co-chairs, PTA Fundraiser, Staging Our Future
• Tacey Carroll, Ashley Hanrahan and Peggy Williams, Bronxville School Foundation
• Christine Fitzgibbons, Steve Kraemer and Jennifer Mackesy, Co-chairs, The Final Act

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