It has been a few days since the curtain fell on the final performance of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast". It was without question the most successful CHS Musical in history. I just wanted to add a few thoughts to the process.
First, I cannot say enough about the way our students performed during the run. I think we knew it was going to be special when we did the final run through of the show and got finished in the earliest time we can ever remember. The acting was superb the music was great and our pit orchestra was just outstanding. To our students congratulations on the great performances and to our Senior Cast, Chorus and Orchestra members, you are going to be missed greatly.
We had a lot of parents that also worked with us during the run and I would like to thank them for all they did, from construction, to making sure the cast and crew was fed (some of the best food we have had for a show!!!) working backstage helping to move set pieces, makeup and also to make sure that everything went well.
I need to publically thank four very special families and that would be the Vanaman, Farris, McConkie and Denton families who went above and beyond the call of duty to make this show a success. I also want to thank Craig Denton for helping me out during the show.
A huge thank you to Tami Jones, who is our Music Bookkeeper and who does so much for our program and always makes our music students and staff feel so special. I cannot say enough about what she does.
I have never thanked our custodians publicly until now. But, i want to thank Margaret and Keith for all they did during the run.
And a final thank you to Sam, A.J. and Tim for the time and effort you put into this show. These three men gave up four months of their lives to prepare for an experience we will all never forget. And remember, all three of these men were also teaching durng the day as well. And kudos especially to Tim who was preparing the CHS Symphonic Band for their concert Thursday Night and to Sam for preparing our Choirs for their concert on May 6th and the Conway Men's Chorus as well. And A.J. being up here way late to help on many things related to the show. Also, thanks to the Student Stage Managers and our great Backstage Crew.
I know that many of you are wondering already what are we planning for next year. We have no idea, but stick around this fall and we will let you know as soon as we know something.
Mike Woodrum is the Auditorium Supervisor for Conway Public Schools, also does the P.A. Announcing for UCA Football and Basketball, Conway High Basketball, Conway Junior High Football, and if that is not enough, has been a summertime thespian with the Conway Dinner Theater productions over the last four summers. And Mike will return this summer for "9 to 5 The Musical".