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An Amazing Weekend

January 30, 2017
By Perry R. Banse, Assistant Superintendent, Middle/High School Principal

This past weekend the Fine Arts Department of Indian Rocks Christian School staged three performances of Singin’ In The Rain. The reviews have been fabulous. Once again our students have pooled their talents to provide a synergy that allowed them to perform a difficult musical at an incredibly high level.

It is one thing to have students that excel at acting, or singing, or even dancing; but to accomplish all three of these so well in one production is extraordinary. I tell people all the time how talented our students are and this weekend it once again showed to be true.

It is so hard to start the “thank you parade” without leaving someone out but I am going to make the attempt.

Thank you students for all of the hours and hours of hard work you put into rehearsals. Your dedication truly showed in the magnificent outcome. 

Thank you seniors for stepping up and providing the leadership to help make this an incredible success. Your abilities and experience helped to train the younger students in what success looks like.

Thank you rookie actors for trying out. This production had a number of students that were in their very first “big” production. You displayed awesome talent that will make our fine arts program shine for years to come.

Thank you chorus members. You don’t get a lot of recognition but what you did added so much to the musical. It couldn’t have been the same without you.

Thank you backstage and technical people. Your unselfishness to be willing to work behind the scenes allowed those on the stage to do their best.

Thank you to all the volunteers that built sets, painted, procured props, cleaned up, and did everything else necessary for success.

Last year at the conclusion of The Sound of Music, Mrs. June-Marie Rhine told us that she was going to need to step away from directing. As the head of the yearbook the deadlines and the workload fall at the same time period making it incredibly difficult to manage both. Or concern was that it would be very difficult to find someone that will continue the excellence that had been established. Class of 2015 grad, Carly Faller, served as June’s director last year. She was willing to step into the head position of Executive Director. So, you ask, wasn’t it a little scary to put the reins of a huge production into the hands of a 19 year old just two years removed from being in the musical? Normally I would say I was terrified except for the fact that Carly had proven herself through the years as an IRCS student and a coach. She has displayed exceptional ability, great organizational skills and a strong work ethic. She was also surrounded by well-seasoned help and a lot of experience. If you saw the show, you know that she did an outstanding job! Thank you, Carly! And thank you to the leadership team that helped her. Your skills all worked together for an end product that was phenomenal.