Enjoyed Nicolet drama presentation

Dear editor,

The Nicolet theater department presentation of “Alice in Wonderland” was a perfect antidote for a cold, rainy weekend afternoon. The cast, crew and behind-the-scenes team created an enchanting, family-friendly theater experience of a favorite childhood story.

Creativity in set design and costumes was quite apparent as was the enthusiasm and vitality of the actors on stage. An added bonus was the wonderful musical accompaniment of a very talented student pianist. All elements blended together perfectly.

Many lessons can be taught using this tale but perhaps the best takeaway is simply the sentiment spoken in a line at the end of the play: “Life is but a dream.”

Succinctly put, a person’s life journey is only limited by his/her own imagination. Hopefully, these words will continue to echo in the minds of all our students.

Marilyn K. Franklin

Fox Point

Bay on hot streak with theater shows

Dear editor,

I remember this being the Spring Sing Theme when my daughter was in K5 at Cumberland. Never has this theme rang more true than in 2017. Our local community is blessed to have such wonderful performing arts talent at all our schools. Dominican High School started out the season with a captivating show of “In the Heights,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway production before “Hamilton.”

In March, Whitefish Bay High School pulled off an unbelievable rendition of “Les Miserable.” The set, singing and acting were top notch. I was fortunate enough to see the first run of this production at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and also here in Milwaukee, and believe me, Whitefish Bay High School did the Broadway version justice. Not many dry eyes were in the house. Last month, Holy Family performed “The Lion King” with such creative costumes and direction.

I was also lucky to have a friend win lottery tickets for “Hamilton” and got to see the show in Chicago last month. While it was a spectacular production, my mind kept coming back to the two high school performances I had just seen in Whitefish Bay.

Now this week we have a chance to see Whitefish Bay Middle School produce “High School Musical Jr.” Pulling off this production was no small feat. In fact, surrounding community theater groups came together to offer assistance when a vacancy occurred for the choir director. True to the words, “The show must go on,” two dedicated teachers, Ms. Schultz and Mrs. Leahy, stepped up and directed the show. The time these social studies and science teachers have devoted to make this production happen is a testament to the wonderful teachers, staff and families we have in the Bay. More than 150 students are involved in the show. Come support the arts and your community this weekend and see a fun spirted performance of “High School Musical Jr.”

Merrill Ratajczyk

Whitefish Bay

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