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      We're planning on hosting a festival of choral music on Monday, January 15, the day that has been designated to reflect on the life and message of Martin Luther King Jr. We've applied for use of the high school auditorium and have invited some groups—school, church, community—to join the HG Children and Youth Choirs. So far we've gotten tentative commitments from three other choirs in the area.

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      I was listening to the radio this morning and heard a lot of talk about fantasy football and about how much fun it is and about ways to have fun on this holiday weekend. At one point in Act I Scene ii of PROOF (sorry, I have PROOF on the brain these days...and will until a few weeks after it closes in October) Catherine's sister is trying to convince her to move from Chicago to New York: “New York is so much more fun, you can't believe it.”

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      One of the great perks of working on a play is discovering cool stuff within the script. Little nuggets of wisdom or challenge or stretching. In the opening scene of the second act of PROOF, Robert the father, and his daughter Catherine are in a heated discussion. It begins as a mild disagreement regarding what to eat for dinner, then escalates into a major altercation regarding Catherine's decision to go away to college, and moves fairly quickly into a heated exploration

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      PROOF takes place over a period of a week. There are a few flashbacks which take us back a few years, but most of it is all within a very short time period. Not much happens. But as with most good scripts, there is plenty that is going on.

      One of the puzzles of this story is the place/role of mental illness. The father is and has been for many years mentally ill. And he's brilliant. A mathematician. The situation brings to mind other characters who are brilliant, and a mathematician, and facing incredible challenges. Remember the film A BEAUTIFAL MIND?. And GOOD WILL HUNTING?

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      There's a new music teacher at the Wellsboro High School. He's stepping into the shoes of Judy Smithgall. I don't know what his shoe size is, but he is faced with a huge challenge. Any time one follows an icon like Mrs. Smithgall one is up against a lot. Remember, she was at WAHS for decades, having stepped into the shoes of another Wellsboro icon Pat Davis.

      One positive is that there is a tradition that is in place and though some traditions can be stifling and limiting, this tradition has established that music is an ok thing...in fact, a good thing...even in a district that has an unbalanced emphasis on sports.

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