TERRE HAUTE —
Of ‘Beauty,’ and a grand ‘lecture’
I’m finally getting around to writing this. Sorry I’m so late, but I really need to get it off my desk and my chest.
First, on Sunday, May 6, I had the pleasure of experiencing the final performance of “Beauty and the Beast” by students of Terre Haute North Vigo High School. This was truly the finest high school production of musical theater I have ever seen; and I have seen many. All aspects of the production — music, acting, sound, lighting, costuming, choreography and emotional impact — were at a nearly professional level throughout.
All that I talked with in the full-house audience were as favorably impressed with the high quality of the production as I was and full of praise. And to think, this was a high school production. Just to add a personal note, I thought the pit orchestra, under Dan Rodriguez, was spectacular. You couldn’t see them, but their skill and commitment were obvious.
All in all, it was just a “beautiful” way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Terre Haute. I’m sure the 3,000 others who saw the show during its run are in agreement. Many thanks and congratulation to Michelle Azar, Cathy Sponsler and all the students and staff of Terre Haute North Vigo.
The above ties in well, I think, with Mike Lunsford’s article of Sunday, May 27, in the Tribune-Star. As you know I’m an avid fan of his downhome, obviously hearfelt, writing of us mere mortals, due to the approximately 42 years I spent in the field of educating public school children in Indiana and Illinois.
I can honestly say that I am more concerned with the state of education in this country than I have ever been. I’m now 70. Many educators, I’m sure, were thrilled to see Mike put into print what many of us feel so deeply these days. As a country, we must continue to value artistic expressions of all people; particularly children. I thought Mike’s comment that students are not appliances and schools are not factories; and we have to change our thinking soon about what constitutes an educated person should make national headlines.
Finally, thanks, Mike, for helping me remember my parents and their sacrifices, the friends who help me get through each day, and the many teachers who cared about me and my family as much, or more, as the grasp of that day’s lesson.
And by the way, I hope you keep on “lecturing,” Mike!
Final thought — what will happen to all of us when something or someone disables all of our computer and electronic systems simultaneously?
— Don V. Gamble