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APAC staff hired, advisory board established
ARLINGTON The Performing Arts Center is now fully staffed and an advisory board is working to create a set of policies for use of the new 700-seat theater located at Arlington High School.
Since the theater is intended to be a community facility, the city and the school district are working together to staff the APAC.
Bob Nydegger has been hired by the Arlington School District to be theater manager and Cindy Huleatt is contracted by the city of Arlington as theater promotions manager.
An actor as well as technician, Nydegger has been working with the high schools drama department as technical advisor for three years, helping produce the schools drama productions as well as the Jazzmine dinner show.
This is my dream job, Nydegger said. Also an actor who loves community theater, Nydegger was full grown with seven years in the Navy before he discovered an interest in acting and theater.
His wife Kathy was auditioning for a show in Hawaii and he had volunteered to clean up after.
I was hanging around waiting for them to be done when someone asked me to try out, Nydegger said, adding he won the lead role complete with a solo part.
Since then he returned to school and earned a masters degree in drama from the University of Washington and had devoted his life to drama.
He is currently playing Mr. Lundy in Brigadoon with Lyric Light Opera of the Northwest. It will be presented in Mount Vernons McIntyre Hall in July and in Kirkland in September.
Nydegger has been working with contractors in the installation of theatrical lighting at the APAC, which is scheduled to open with a grand gala celebration May 31 June 3.
As theater manager I will be responsible for the security of building, providing technical support to groups renting the hall and training a stage crew, he said.
He is currently assisting drama teacher Scott Moberly in a stage craft class and helping with the upcoming production of Pippin which is due to open May 11 and runs two weekends at the old high school auditorium.
Once we get up and running, we will be working on a long-term vision for the theater, Nydegger said.
I am very excited to be a part of this new facility. It will be really fun to help make the theater run smoothly and make it fun for all who use it.
Nydeggers relationship with Arlington High School goes back to the AHS production of Pirates of Penzance, when then drama director attended the Northwest Savoyards production and found Nydegger playing a pirate.
The new promotions manager, too, has a long history with the community and Arlington schools. Cindy Huleatt was co-chair of the bond committee that sought community support for a school bond that funded the new high school.
When it became apparent that the community would not support a full-meal deal to pay for a performing arts center at the high school, she joined Arts Alive! as president to help find the money elsewhere. Now she is continuing as president of the nonprofit arm of Arts Alive!, the Arlington Education Foundation to further the effort to raise money for education in Arlington.
Her new job with the city as promotions manager will be part-time and her duties include booking and marketing the new theater.
This is one of those things that Ive always wanted to do, said Huleatt who is the wife of Dr. Jeff Huleatt, a director of Arlington School District.
Its my passion for the arts that influenced me to stay with the effort to see this PAC built, Huleatt said, adding she feels that she is the right person for the job.
If you hire someone form outside, they wouldnt understand this community. The Huleatts came to Arlington together when Jeff opened Eagle Family Dental 20 years ago.
With a daughter who studied dance from age 3, including several years with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and who is now an actor playing Disney characters at Disneyland, Huleatt looks forward to planning a concert series and childrens events as well as author readings and as many other things as possible.
Id like to plan a hands-on theater event where kids learn about how the theater works, she said. There are so many things we could do.
Huleatt is working part-time as a city employee, resigning from her position at State Farm Insurance.
Nydegger and Huleatt will be guided by a community board of advisors, the APAC Commission, which is comprised of representatives from the city of Arlington and its Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission, the school districts board of directors, the Arlington Arts Council, the Arts Alive! committee and the community at large, especially those who gave generously to the funding of the PAC.
Heading up the APAC Council is Chair Frank Barden with George Boulton as vice-chair. Barden is a recent appointee on the citys Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission. Boulton, a retired owner of Flowers by George who generously donated a grand piano to the PAC, is vice-chair, and has been an unending supporter of arts activities at Arlington schools, loyally selling tickets at his shop for whatever event might be happening.
Boulton believes that all of the arts, be it music, painting, literature, sculpture, or anything that inspires creativity and imagination enhances a community. ,
We need a place where artists can perform or display their talents, he said.
The new PAC will allow that to happen right here in Arlington.
Boulton takes his appointment on the APAC Commission very seriously.
To be a part of the APAC Commission delegated to oversee the operations of the PAC is an awesome and enjoyable task. The commission is a wide cross-section of the community and the PAC will surely succeed with their leadership, said Boulton.
Other council members are Marilyn Oertle and Chris Raezer, from Arlington City Council; school board member Bob McClure and Jeff Huleatt, Arts Alive! representatives Yolanda Larsen and George Boulton and financial donors Connie McKinley and Dale Duskin.
For Duskin, serving on this commission was the logical next step.
I felt it was my responsibility to see the whole process to the end, and get the PAC up and running, Duskin said. I am excited to see this world-class facility in this community that has been home to my family for three generations.
One student, sophomore Erika Ewell, will be joined by another student soon, as the group decided it would be wise to have two student reps.
(Huleatt offered to step off the commission when his wife was hired, but all the members encouraged him to stay and Sarah Arney, has also accepted the invitation to sit on the board representing the Arlington Arts Council.
Two non-voting members are staff liaisons with the city and the school district the citys assistant administrator Kristin Banfield represents the city of Arlington and Assistant Superintendent Warren Hopkins represents the school district.