By Jake Ryle, WCPO
For the first time in 35 years, the Withrow University High School's auditorium filled with the sounds of the season Thursday evening. The Withrow Holiday Concert, once a yearly school tradition, had been silent for more than three decades.
This year, the spectacular show took the stage once againwith music, acting and dancing.
"(Withrow had) one of the first fine arts programs in the country," principal Jerron Gray said. "The performances through the years and history have been phenomenal."
For the better part of the past 35 years, the school's auditorium sat empty during the holiday season. It required major repairs to even be usable. A lack of arts funding contributed to the decline in the auditorium's use.
"It's nice to see we can clean this place up and do a little more with it," freshman Armoine Sanders said. "Carry it on."
School alumni donated more than $150,000 to pay for upgrades to the space. That money was used on new curtains, chairs and for an upgrade for the lights in the auditorium.