“There’s nothing like the joy of the arts, and promoting the arts early in children is going to give them such a start in life in a way.”
We in Edgar County are lucky beyond measure to have schools and communities that value the fine arts. We’re treated to wonderful art exhibits at the Bicentennial Art Center and Museum, wonderful entertainment at the new Paris Center of Fine Arts and, of course, the outstanding productions presented by all our county schools whether middle school or high school.
Those who unable to attend Chrisman High Schools production of the American classic “Oklahoma!” certainly missed the opportunity to see talented students from a high school of approximately 100 students put on a professional, polished production. Earlier this school year, Mayo Middle School, Shiloh, Crestwood and Paris High School mounted their own productions complete with beautiful sets and choreography.
Next weekend, PHS will produce “Mary Poppins,” the Broadway production. Those attending will be listening to many of the same songs they enjoyed from the 1964 movie of the same name.
We cannot fail to mention the Paris Center of Fine Arts season which concludes later this month. It has provided us with the opportunity to hear a Big Band, listen to Celtic tunes, have our souls lifted in gospel music and be amazed by a dance troupe from around the world.
We have for many years wished and hoped for a performing arts center in Edgar County. Now that we have one, it is important that we realize that it belongs to all of us. Why not invite Chrisman, Kansas and Shiloh to mount one of their shows at the PCFA? Isn’t that the first step in providing a better education for all our county students?
Whether it’s a band or choral concert for kindergarten students through 12th graders, we should provide all our county students to step on a real stage .
Who knows. Perhaps such a gesture would open the door for more county students to take advantage of not only the PCFA but the new high school and all it has to offer.