LETTER: Support for RHS activities

To the Editor:

We have just completed the “Guys and Dolls” Musical Performances at Rockford High School. These productions, in all essence, closeout our fall activities for 2012-13.

I want to congratulate the entire cast, directors and volunteers that made the musical so entertaining and successful. Additionally, it was the volunteer effort from some of our parents making the set a reality for our cast and a spectacular backdrop for the audience. A musical production is one of our best programmatic examples of teamwork, accommodation, pressure-under-fire, resourcefulness, and multi-dimensional displays of talent.

Think about it … students need to memorize, they need to be synchronous, on cue, they sometimes need to improvise to survive the moment, they multi task, and they have to be able to ebb and flow with each other as no two shows or acts are exactly the same. Sometimes music, theatre and other fine arts activities can fly under the radar, but so much personal benefit can be gained by learning to speak extemporaneously, debate social topics, defend a client, act, take photos, sing and/or play an instrument.

Each student at Rockford High School has the opportunity to participate in many of these activities, many of them during the same season. We challenge each student to choose a fine arts experience such as choir, band, one-act play, musical, speech, webcasting, three-act play and/or musical to s-t-r-e-t-c-h their abilities with these life-long activities.

As I alluded to earlier, volunteers are many times essential for a great program experience. On behalf of the Rockford Activities Department, I would like to thank all the volunteers for going above and beyond for Rockford Rocket Activities this past fall.


Glen Klaphake

Rockford High School Assistant Principal and Activities Director