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Youth in the spotlight

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

'Tis the season.

Not of Christmas tress and caroling, but of high school dramatic endeavors.

At my house, that has meant hours of running lines to that family classic, "The Wizard of Oz." At Spencer an imaginary 6 1/2 foot tall rabbit takes center stage in "Harvey."

For two weekends in a row, area residents can take in the talented efforts of our area young people. Clay Central-Everly will be presenting "The Wizard of Oz" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, March 22-24, in the old gym at the Everly school site. Cost of tickets is $7 for adults, $3 for students.

You can join the adventures of Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow as they meet witches, Munchkins and more on their way to see the Wizard.

We avoid typecasting jokes at my house, as son Drew takes the stage as the Scarecrow.

Spencer thespians take the spotlight the next week, March 30, 31 and April 1. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night, with a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee. The show will be held at the old Middle School Auditorium.

A longtime favorite, "Harvey," by Mary Chase, opened on Broadway in 1944. The Pulitzer Prize-winning show has become a well-loved classic in American theatre, with Elwood P. Dowd's 6 1/2 foot rabbit Harvey grabbing attention at a society party.

Mark your calendars to make a date for these two performances. You'll be amazed at the talent of the young people in our communities!

Thanks to some shocking upsets, most everyone's brackets resemble scratch paper. The high of all those games in a four day period has crashed, leaving me just a bit groggy and, I'll admit, a bit disappointed.

Sure, we had Cinderella upsets- Lehigh and Norfolk State - but the underdogs I was rooting for didn't punch their tickets to the next round of the Big Dance. Iowa State and Creighton both faced formidable foes. Both came up against great teams playing their best. Both also mounted second half runs that gave us hope that the magic would continue for another week (or two, or three).

And Duke? Well, a weaker-than-usual Duke squad, with some obvious flaws, bowed out far earlier than they are accustomed to.

Sure, I'll continue to watch, continue to cheer, but without a regional or sentimental favorite to cheer on, it's not as much fun.

I'm already looking ahead. ISU should bring even more magic to Hilton next year. Royce White is debating a return, or a move to the NBA, but Fred Hoiberg has plenty of bullets in his gun to ensure the roll continues with or without White.

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