Hooray for high school musicals


It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are long gone, the big game is in the books, and that pesky groundhog just bore us the news that we seem to know already. For those who find this season to be dragging a bit I’d like to offer a suggestion that I’ve found to be just the ticket to lift my bored spirits and help kick-start my springtime attitude.

Try attending a couple of high school musicals.

I went to my first one a dozen years ago at the age of 42. These imaginative stories on stage remain for me a very available and affordable way to temporarily but effectively combat the winter blues any given weekend. I don’t think that I can do justice to describe the effort, energy, emotions and professionalism these talented students and dedicated teachers bring to the stage for each performance.

From “Annie” to the “Addams Family,” and from Weedsport to West Canada Valley you can’t go wrong with any of them. I’ve always been a heavy sports guy but high school performing arts have become a major reason why I look forward to the months of February, March and April now in Central NY.

My wife and I never had any children so getting out of my comfort center wasn’t easy but I’m so glad that I did.

Many thanks to all involved that bring those stories to the stage and help us to escape the cares and calamities of the world for a while. You also help to show me how beautiful the simpler things in life are. Bravo. Keep breaking legs.

— Christopher Klara, Rome


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