I wanted to take a moment and thank the dedicated and interested community and school folks who helped make this past weekend's Steamboat Springs High School fall theater production of "Harvey" a resounding success.
Thanks to Karen Campbell and Denise Pearson for being wonderful PR people and for keeping the goodies coming for both cast and crew; Pascal Ginesta for helping to build a fantastic set; Rusty de Lucia for being another set of eyes and ears to help keep the actors true to their characters, and for being the comic relief when we needed it; Irene Nelson and Joanne Churchill for helping our sets look believable and beautiful; Margaret Hair and the Steamboat Pilot & Today for being willing to help advertise local theater productions; all the other folks who had a smaller, but no less important role in the show's success; and, finally, to the students themselves, who allowed me in the space of four short weeks to suggest, beg and demand that they portray their characters humorously, realistically and entertainingly to the audience.
For those of you that weren't able to see the show, you missed some of the most talented younger actors and theater "techies" we have in this town. And, without the help of the administration, parents and other teachers, these young people wouldn't have had the opportunity to develop more self esteem, confidence and friendship with their fellow students. Even though there were a few concerns raised to the school administration over the 4 Points picture of the student playing the main character holding an alcohol bottle (a necessity for the plot of the play), I can assure you that the students involved in this production came away from it with more pride in themselves, more basic life skills in working as a team and a more positive outlook in life.
Research has shown that communities that support the performing arts are communities interested in economic growth and healthy emotional and spiritual lives for their citizens. Thank you, Steamboat, for once again showing your love for your young people and your love of this community.