I witnessed a very sad event on Saturday at Canyon Ridge High School. I attended the school musical, where the auditorium was less than an eighth full.
We as a society want the arts. We have special events that encourage the production of art work, we raise money, and celebrate artists at black tie fundraisers. But, the arts begin, the love begins, the talent is seeded, in youth. The celebration should begin for these artists as children. It should be more than just parents and friends at these events, especially at the high school level. That auditorium should be filled.
"The Spitfire Grill," the musical, is about, love, loss, hope, and forgiveness. It is sad, and joyful, silly and serious: it is truly a great way to spend a wonderful evening. The lead female character has such emotion to her voice, the 2nd lead female can create notes that leave you breathless, and the male singers are powerful and strong in voice.
In order to keep these art programs alive, for school boards and state representatives to vote to fund the arts in the schools, we as a community need to support these events. Go to the plays, go to the concerts, go to the events at the local schools. For less than the price of a movie ticket for each person, we can make school plays standing room only. That is how you support the arts. That is how you support your community.