Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:55 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Notes of praise support for musical

It takes a community to put on the Homer High School musical with 94 students. Into the Woods was the latest of many powerful Broadway musicals over the years.

Dr. Allen Gee, Doug Waclawski and the Homer High School Staff gave their support to the musical team as they give their support to all the sports teams and extracurricular activities. Thank you, teachers. Thank you, coaches, for graciously releasing students for the last two weeks of daily and nightly rehearsals, just as students are released for your away games.

Parents were hugely supportive of their students crazy schedule: rehearsing until after 9 p.m. (have to be picked up), still have homework and getting up early to get back to school to do it again. Parents also donated food for rehearsal and performance breaks for two weeks under the leadership of Kira Stuart; and helped with costumes, make-up, hair, props, set building, ushering, monitoring back stage, etc. (and really, its fun).

Kira received generous yummy donations from local restaurants for the 12 days of feeding the cast. Thank you especially Two Sisters, Fritz Creek General Store, Fat Olives, Cosmic Kitchen, Don Joses, AJs Old Town Tavern, Save-U-More, Safeway and Subway.

Finally, there were the 94 singers, who have been developing their voices and their experience in music (from middle school to Swing Choir solos). They applied what they have learned vocally, to include dancing and acting and group performance.

To back them up, JulieAnn Smith was the phenomenal rehearsal accompanist and keyboardist for the wonderful 18 piece orchestra in the pit.

Thank you, Homer, for being the town where our high school musicals always receive support and attendance.

Barbara Petersen

Pier One Theatre