All over the Tri-State, students spend 6 to 10 weeks preparing for ONE weekend. They spend those weeks learning blocking, lines, character development, sometimes music; building sets, gathering props, making costumes, setting light cues, utilizing sound equipment and selling tickets. Through these tasks they are learning skills that are invaluable, skills that many of them will not learn in the class room. Countless hours are put in to meet a deadline. Unlike sports teams that have an entire season to try and perfect their game, students of theatre have one weekend, one chance to give you a winning performance.

If you support school arts programs, I say, "THANK YOU!" But if you have never experienced the magic that is high school theatre, you are missing out. I used to teach high school threatre in my former life, before radio, and I can tell you that it was THE most rewarding job I have ever had. Once you are touched by the incredible talent that lies within our young people, you will be hooked.

Try one of these this weekend...

“Almost, Maine”: 7 p.m. at Castle High School Auditorium, Newburgh, also 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($8 admission, limited seats). Call 812-853-3331 or email eantey@warrick.k12.in.us.

Signature School’s “Bye Bye Birdie”: 7:30 p.m. at the Academy for Innovative Studies auditorium, also 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday ($10 admission). Call 812-421-1820 for tickets.

Mt Vernon Senior High School's 'The Wedding Singer' a musical comedy based on the popular movie. Tonight at 7:30 pm. Saturday at 2pm and 7:30 pm. ($8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors) Call (812) 833-5932 for tickets.

Please support theatre of any kind in our community. They need you and YOU need them because theatre is the mirror of the soul.:-)