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Brian Quillin came to Arab High School in 1999 with plans. When he attended Lee High School in Huntsville, musical theatre was strong in the school and community.

“It was a draw,” said Quillin. “For us, it took theatre to another level. I had a vision that I wanted to replicate here what I had experienced as a student.”

Boy, did he ever.

Quillin will still be the director of what is now a revered program at Arab High School when the Arab Musical Theatre presents “Xanadu” at the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska this summer.

But that will be his last presentation as director of AMT. He announced his resignation late last month. After that, he will be the school system’s technology coordinator full time, a role he’s actually filled part time since last August.

It’s the fifth time for AMT to make the trip, believed to be the most for any school in the state.

“This was Brian’s choice,” said Arab Superintendent John Mullins. “He was looking for a new challenge.”

Since the announcement of Quillin’s departure from AMT, it is obvious he will always be respected, appreciated and remembered for his role in not only bringing outstanding theatre performances to Arab, but creating a fraternity among everyone who ever participated that will be difficult to duplicate.

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