On Friday, April 12, 2019, Lutheran West celebrated 30 years of the Jochum Room and Jochum Performing Arts Center. Drama alumni, friends, faculty (present and former), and supporters were invited to West to enjoy an hors d'oeuvers reception prior to opening night of "Fiddler on the Roof" by Lutheran West drama.
In 1989, the original Jochum Room was constructed. It was a single-level multi-purpose addition to the building, and was used for the Drama Department's stage, extra practice gym for athletics, and a special events space. The first drama production in the Jochum Room was "Fiddler on the Roof," performed in 1989. As part of the Unleash the Spirit capital campaign (2011), the Jochum Room was redesigned with graduated, theater-style seating, plus an orchestra pit, bi-level entrance, and new lobby. With this improvement, seating was increased from 325 to 480, and the facility was renamed the Jochum Performing Arts Center. Annually, the Jochum is home to plays, spring musicals, church services, Leadercast and other Senney Honors Academy events, Alumni Wind Ensemble concerts. Although it was a conincidence, thirty years later in 2019, "Fiddler on the Roof" was also chosen as the spring musical, directed by Caroline Pangrace and Adam Zehnder '08.
The celebration began with a catered reception by Italian Creations in Lakewood. With so many alumni and friends returning for the event, Lutheran West took the opportunity to also unveil the Richard W. Linn Memorial Plaque, dedicated by his friends and colleagues. Dick Linn wore many hats at Lutheran West, including alumnus (downtown '54), teacher for 41 years, Principal (twice), and dedicated Longhorn fan for 70 years. The memorial plaque will be displayed in the school's main corridor.
Please enjoy these photos from the event: