The Bellwood Antis school show "Hello Dolly" was tops.
If you missed Bellwood Antis's annual school play, it was your loss. The producer, Mr. Bower, and his staff have a way to get these students to excel. I've attended Bellwood-Antis shows for many years and my thoughts are: "Are these actors really students?"
Dolly was played by a young lady whose voice was bigger than she was. She spoke her lines and sang very clearly. She played her part so well, it made you think she was really Dolly. All the soloists - both girls and boys - had wonderful voices.
The costumes were colorful: The ladies' big hats, trimmed with flowers and ribbon streamers, put the final touch on each outfit. The men's vests and top hats took you back in time.
The chorus line was as long as the width of the stage. They sang and swayed to the music, making the whole scene colorful. At each end of a line, there were two small girls about three or four years old, who tried to do all the songs and dances and really put smiles on the faces of the audience.
The choreographer who taught the young men how to waltz and two step must have worked overtime.
The producer, his staff, teachers and parents are the unsung heroes who spent many hours doing the various jobs needed.
This show has grown to four nights to accommodate the audiences it has attracted over the years with a full house for each performance.
I attend many spring school shows, from elementary through senior high. I give credit to all schools who have these programs.
The people who spend many hours and much patience putting these productions together, the students who work hard to learn their parts - these are the adults and students who you don't hear about.
Congratulations where it is due.
Marjorie F. Yingling