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Small school puts on big production

May 17, 2012
Daily Press


Congratulations Big Bay de Noc drama cast, once again you brought awe and wonder to the fortunate people in your audience. Having a child in these programs for the past six years I have heard firsthand the comments from those same people during intermission, after the play and for the weeks following. "How does a school this size put on a production like this"? "How can there be so much talent in such a small school"? "I've been to much bigger schools with many more kids in the play and they don't compare to these productions."

These are just a few of the questions I have heard. The answer is simple. Any school is capable of this type of success, with the right people supporting it. Not enough can be said about the dedication of Theresa Root, Bob Root and Lisa Radebaugh. Theresa and Lisa expect nothing but 100 percent from the kids and the kids rise to the occasion. The more you expect of the kids the more they will give you. With Theresa and Lisa's guidance they artfully pull from each student capabilities even their parents never knew they possessed. But yet these two women see their potentials from the moment they audition and put them in the roles they were born to perform.

I don't think people realize how much time is put into these productions. It isn't just the eight weeks of rehearsals and set building we are running our kids back and forth to six to seven days a week. Plans are being laid, set ideas are being conjured and other musicals are being attended around the state for many months prior. In my eyes, Bob Root's ability to transform this gym into a complicated staged theatre is nothing less than amazing.

The thought that he must put into designing, building and implementing these sets leaves me astounded.

But, even these seemingly super humans, can't do it alone. Supporting them like a pyramid spreading out underneath are countless volunteers. Music directors, choreographers, costumers, publicity managers, house managers, concession group, artists, builders, alumni backstage crew and the list goes on and on. All these people don't just help out. They give their all, their best, their precious time and their heart to these productions. And why do they give everything they have in a volunteer effort? Because the people they are supporting are also giving "everything." See, not only do Theresa, Bob and Lisa bring out the best of our students; they bring out the best of this community. I am proud of my daughter and her accomplishments with this group and thankful for them allowing her to experience something so special during her teen years. In a couple weeks she moves on to the next chapter of her life and I am comforted by the knowledge that she is better prepared for the challenges ahead. For some people self-confidence, poise and awareness of one's own gifts are learned on the stage. These things will never be taken away from her.

Joy Bloom




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