Due to safety concerns, Sandia’s Performing Arts Center was closed on January 24th. Principal Larry D’anza wrote a letter addressing the issue to parents stating, “Today, we received notice that the stage did not pass a safety inspection due to manufacturer defaults.”
Assistant Principal Amy Lissick stated “The testing was not done at Sandia but was done at the site where the parts are fabricated in Minnesota. The area that covers the orchestra pit does not meet the requirements to hold the weight that was originally advertised to APS”, and that the original reconstruction of the orchestra pit would take 45 days, but that has now been pushed forward with a new completion date of February 14th. Drama teacher Ryan Morris states that “The team worked very hard to help accommodate a very busy production schedule from the Fine Arts Department including choir, band, orchestra, guitar, and drama.” Amy Lissick asserts that “Since the beginning, the company [that produced the stage] assured us they would get the work completed as soon as possible.”
The timing of this is especially unfortunate, considering that the SHS drama program had an impending production that was scheduled to be put on from January 30th through February 2nd 2019. Peter and the Starcatcher is now being from produced February 27th through March 2nd, 2019. In response to the closure, Ryan Morris states, "It has been an exciting year with all of the upgrades being done to the PAC. While we have hit some speed bumps along the way, we are excited to shortly unveil all of our changes in the near future. We have worked tirelessly to address the safety, technology, and aesthetic of the space, and look forward to sharing the magic with the community."