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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Historic stage resurrected after nearly two decades
Deleon Guerrero: Still a work in progress

Mount Carmel School officials cut the ribbon on their newly renovated stage. (Thomas A. Manglona II) The historic Mount Carmel School stage, where both the CNMI Constitution and Covenant were signed and where the school’s Christmas program has been staged for the past 61 years, was unveiled Friday after months of renovation work.

Mount Carmel officials, students, and parents celebrated the official ribbon cutting for the stage during their Christmas program, during which school president Galvin Deleon Guerrero told Saipan Tribune that “it is clearly still a work in progress.”

This work in progress cost the school around $10,000 this year alone to have the stage demolished, cleared, pay fees for contractors, purchase supplies, and have it redesigned.

Deleon Guerrero said the reopening of the stage does not end the renovation. “It is going to take a lot more money and work, but at the very least we can use it for our annual Christmas program.

“I do not know how much it will cost to get it fully renovated; it will probably be around $50,000,” Deleon Guerrero added.

He expressed hope that the use of the stage during the program would spark interest in funding further renovations.

The stage was renovated 20 years ago to serve as a classroom due to high student enrollment at the time. It has since deteriorated.

“We have been working with different contractors and government agencies to get it back up and we are finally there,” Deleon Guerrero said.

“It’s decent. It’s better than the old one, of course. It looks live and reborn and perfect for this new year to come,” said MCS student Markel Toves. “Can’t wait to see memorable performances and events happen on that stage.”

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