East Carteret High School unveils renovated auditorium post-Florence


A renovation project is completed just in time for a school’s spring production. 

Hurricane Florence damaged the auditorium at East Carteret High School, one of several in the county affected by the storm. 

The auditorium itself saw more than $150,000 in damages. 

But after six months of renovations, Friday morning staff and students welcomed the newly renovated space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

“Now we can finally get the blocking right and get where we’re supposed to be on stage together,” said  Jylon Ellison 10th grade student at East Carteret High School. 

Ellison along with his friends have been practicing for their school’s spring production, High School Musical. But instead of a stage, they’ve been using gyms, hallways, and nearby churches. 

“Eventually got to pull it together just because of how much we wanted to do it. How much we were willing to put on a good performance,” said Qiana Stubbs, an 11th-grade student at East Carteret High School.

The school still has a few more renovations to complete, but the renovated auditorium is the Start of Something New for the Mariners.

Opening night is March 28 at 7 p.m. at East Carteret High School.

For seating, you can call Abbie Mason at 252-728-3514.

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