Violations put school's musical in jeopardy

Posted at 6:21 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 18:21:35-04

Students and staff at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School are busy making changes in order to make sure performances of "Rock of Ages" go on as planned.

A spokesperson for Ann Arbor Public Schools says a state fire inspector came to the school on Wednesday and discovered some violations. We're told they were mostly simple things like moving fire extinguishers and working on lights. The main issue centered around a stage extension.

"There were some concerns about that. We had an engineer and architect come out this morning to look it over and because we always want to make sure the safety of our children is top priority, we decided we're gonna pull it down. Most likely, it was safe, but just to make sure, better safe than sorry. We're bringing it down," says Cluley.

Will Brinkerhoff is student board president of the Pioneer Theatre Guild. He says as soon as he heard about the violations discovered by the inspector, "I think the first thing that I did was I ran to the theatre and asked how I could help."

Dozens of students and staff have been working for a few months on Rock of Ages.

t's not clear what prompted the state inspection, but there is some talk that it was a disgruntled parent. So far, no official comment. As for the show, Cluley feels confident the show will go on.

"I have no doubts this will happen this weekend," he says.

Rock of Ages performances are scheduled for Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 pm.
There are also performances scheduled for Friday, May 6 and May 7 at 7:30 pm.