Appleton North theatre director Ron Parker picked the perfect show for the school theatre program’s return to live theatre.
The Spongebob Musical offered everything we’ve been missing since these past two years — Humor! Warmth! Color! Whimsy! Music! Dancing! Flying Mermaids! and Talent! My oh my, that show offered plenty of talent.
We saw it yesterday afternoon and we all thoroughly enjoyed our spectacular romp through Bikini Bottom Cove. We loved the message about the importance of friendship and inclusion and standing up for yourself. We also loved how an unlikely hero learned to believe in himself and then changed the world.
It seemed like all the energy that had been bottled up in that pandemic-stifled theatre program burst out onto the stage. We saw tap dancing and kick lines, heard young voices master difficult harmonies with ease and watched high school students literally fly.
I’m so glad this group of students finally got a chance to take the stage in a live performance and I’m also really grateful that we got the chance to see the show.
Congratulations once again to Ron Parker and his extremely talented cast and crew. We can’t wait to see what’s next.
Last week, I also got the chance to see a sweet choir concert in the Hortonville High School auditorium. Choir director and elementary music teacher Haley Graves assembled a group of first and second graders into a charming collection of talented forest creatures for her production of The Bear Went Over The Mountain.
I loved seeing all those cute little faces singing with such unabashed enthusiasm and joy.
Thank you to these and every other theatre, music, band, choir, dance, voice, piano, orchestra teacher for instilling such confidence in these students and for helping them develop their talents so well.
I’m also really grateful for the opportunity to see these liveliest performances.
Welcome back, live theatre! We’ve missed you so much!