Central Mountain High School's Drama Program recently swept the Ray of Light Awards at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.
For those who don't know what the Ray of Light Awards are, they are a smaller scale Tony Awards for about 15 to 20 schools in and around Central Pennsylvania. It's a glamorous evening for all who participate. These kids are in their gowns, tuxedos and a spirit that's unstoppable. The kids all go for the best actor and actress and best plays, musicals and the overall best award of the evening goes to best drama program. There are adult judicators who attend all shows and plays. These individuals are normally involved in the community theatres, etc. They have a scoring process for all categories. This produces the nominations and our winners.
Central Mountain was so well represented with these kids. They won several awards, including best play (Curious Savage) and best small scale musical (Drowsy Chaperone). It also took home the "Best Drama Program." It is a huge honor! These kids put their hearts and souls into these productions, not to mention the countless hours of practice, set building and planning.
The director, Scott Frazier, creates a family out of all these kids and keeps them on track in and out of the drama room.
These kids look up to him and strive to perform the best they can. He also puts in countless hours.
The Ray of Light Awards were held on May 20 and, to this day, there has not even been a mention at the high school of these kids' accomplishments, not even a "good job" over the morning announcements.
When the wrestlers won states, we had a whole assembly. So I wonder why there are such separate worlds under one roof. It all starts with the leadership. If they would recognize all students for their accomplishments it would send a much stronger message to the students.
So why are the kids categorized as jocks, geeks, brains or hipsters? It's what they learn from the actions of the higher ups. These kids deserve recognition for all they have accomplished.
Congratulations Central Mountain Drama Program for a job well done!