Emotional Last Performance

Published 04/27 2014 09:12PM

Updated 04/28 2014 11:47AM

It was an emotional ending for the director of the Center of Performing Arts at McDowell High School.

Today was the final performance of Jane Eyre, a play about the life of the first female hero in literature.

Michael Malthaner wrote the music and orchestration of the play, and this was his last production since he's retiring at the end of the year.

After the curtain fell at the end of todays performance, the students presented him with a special song.

There was hardly a dry eye in the auditorium.

Malthaner said this about the day "Any love I ever gave it was always returned 10 fold as it was tonight."

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