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In 40 years here I’ve never been as impressed with a student performance as I was with the Olions’ staged musical of “The Wiz,” a lovable and laughable take-off on “The Wizard of Oz.”
Offering drama classes at both mid- and high schools during the past 20 years has developed enthusiasm and real talent for an activity once given little respect among students.
Athletic teams are still fairly well subsidized but these kids who have a passion for theater must operate on a shoestring.
Few students will still participate in team sports as adults, but the influence of coaches, team work and hard work should serve them well in their futures.
Yet, as a school counselor and mother of six LAHS grads, I’ve found involvement in drama and performing may reap benefits few other activities might offer.
What they are expected to achieve in a very concentrated span of time requires self-discipline, patience, commitment, a passion and a maturity not easily acquired.
They memorize music and dance steps and lines that all require being totally tuned into each other at all times. And learning a dance is often combined with helping in the construction of a set.
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