Recently, and in the coming days, a special group of young people have and will be displaying their talents to entertain, amuse and amaze.
It's high school musical season in the Ohio Valley, and there have been, and will be, a plethora of musicals to choose from on area high school auditorium stages.
Toronto High School is gearing up to present its spring musical next weekend. The Toronto High School Drama Club will stage the musical "Footloose" April 12-14 in the high school auditorium. It will be extraordinary, as it will be the last musical presented on that stage. The high school will have a new home next year.
Students in the Indian Creek Local School District are preparing for their production of "Little Shop of Horrors" set April 11-13 at the high school.
And, for musical fans throughout the Tri-State Area, Brooke High School will present "Children of Eden" on May 2-4.
Steubenville, Catholic Central and Madonna high schools all presented their musicals recently. And reports are that the seats were full for the performances of "Cats," "A Little Princess" and "Grease," respectively.
These productions, taking place in their respective high school auditoriums, represent the culmination of months and months of hard work and sweat from students who learned lines and songs, as well as dance routines.
The shows represent the patience and hard work of the teacher/directors, of support staff including students and parents and other teachers who get the stages ready and the sets prepared and the costumes just so.
It's a chance to laugh, to ponder and to simply enjoy the rich variety of talent available in our area high schools. If you doubt that today's youth are capable of much beyond video games, erase your doubts by attending one of these fine productions.
You'll see true talent on display from young people dedicated enough to have put in the time it takes to perform in a staged musical production.
It is a credit to these schools, these instructors and especially these students.
Special people deserve accolades.
And when the lights come up and the applause rise, we hope it's full houses that the performers see.