"Grease" was the word this past weekend, and once again the Spencer High School Drama Department, headed up by Larry Untiet, put on a tour de force performance.
The excitement has been building for months over this, the 75th performance of Untiet's tenure in Spencer. Combined with the 75th anniversary of the construction of the auditorium, so many put in so much effort to ensure a blockbuster celebration performance.
You always know you'll have a great time when you attend a SHS drama performance, and once again the young people lived up to their advance billing. Untiet's shows play on the talents of the youth, and the results are always outstanding. Musical director Katie Kardell brought out the best in her singers, and the choreography by Jennifer Hansel was top-notch.
Hundreds of young people have learned so much over the years through their participation in the SHS drama department's productions. It was wonderful to see some of the alums back on Saturday night as the members of the 1999 production of "Grease" held a reunion following the performance. 1999s "Sandy" and "Danny," Lindsay Wedel Grosse and Chris Untiet, joined this year's duo, Daly Tighe and Brandt Roskens, for a really fun turn on the stage to end the Saturday night show.
Congratulations to all those involved in the production - the long hours and hard work paid off in a top-notch musical, and a memory those involved will treasure.
It's Tuesday, Nov. 6. You know what that means.
After today, your phone will stop ringing with incessant political calls.
Your television will not be hijacked by political ads.
And, the craziness that is election season will be over. At least for a while.
So it's time for my annual reminder.
Take all that information you've received over the past months. Add in your own independent research, fold that into your own personal belief structure, and go to the polls.
Vote your conscience, vote your beliefs, vote for whomever you please.
So many millions all over the world would, and have, died for the opportunity we take for granted.
And, as I always say, if you don't vote, you give up your moral right to complain.
We're losing a member of our team at the end of this week.
Reporter Gabe Licht is following his heart to Minnesota. It must be love, if he's leaving Iowa and heading to the land of 10 billion mosquitoes.
I will miss Gabe's passion for life, his enthusiasm, and his willingness to go to the mat for the things he feels strongly about.
I look forward to his reports from his new home, located in the heart of "Lake Wobegon" territory.