North Beach Elementary theater gets makeover

North Beach Elementary School is putting the finishing touches on a facelift to its theater.

The interior remodeling includes new seats, carpets, stage curtains and state-of-the-art audio video/equipment.

Principal Alice Quarles said the work serves to maintain an important, beloved structure built in 1936.

“It’s a wonderful renovation of a historic auditorium, something we need to keep and prize,” she said. “My music teachers are ecstatic. My fine arts teachers are ecstatic.”

The Miami-Dade County school district funded the replacement of the seats and carpets. Philanthropists Anita and Morris Broad gave $132,000 to the school’s PTA to cover the cost of the new microphones, speakers and other sound and visual equipment. This includes new flat-screen televisions and and stage lighting.

Broad, retired businessman and son of Bay Harbor Islands founder Shepard Broad, attended North Beach Elementary in the 1940s. He started in kindergarten and finished at graduation from sixth grade. He’s had a place in his heart for the school ever since.

“I got a great elementary education there,” he said.

He said the Young Patronesses of the Opera want to celebrate the renovation by staging an opera for students in the spring.

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