Superintendent's Blog: Shrek Connects!

A show like this brings in a number of partners and volunteers from the community. From her work as Director of Education at the Carson Center, Tilghman choir booster president Mary Katz brings a wealth of knowledge and skill and is tireless in organizing the marketing and logistics of the production. Director Al Knudsen brings his years of experience with Market House Theatre as he guides the performers. Joshua Wadley, (father of Alec, who plays Shrek) built many of the set pieces. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but I hope you can begin to the see how a production like this fosters meaningful connections between our students and our community partners.

A show like Shrek: The Musical also connects our students and our audiences with a long rich history of musical performances.

While musical productions and concerts have been a part of the history of Paducah Schools since the 1860’s, the staging of musicals flourished under the leadership of Loretta Whitaker Stackhouse, Marsha Beaton, and Art DeWeese. Under the direction of Loretta Stackhouse, PTHS staged musicals in the 60’s and 70’s, including Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story. Art DeWeese, who directed the vocal music program at Tilghman for 20 years before retiring in 2012, staged top-notch productions of Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Please join me this Saturday and Sunday as we have the opportunity to enjoy and support the arts in our schools. Show times are at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 22. Tickets will be available at the door.

As you enjoy the show, I hope you will take a moment to think about the power of the performing arts to create connections for our kids and to give them the chance to do something that they love. If you have school age children, encourage them to be involved in the arts, and look for ways to support that involvement.

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