The actors’ voices carried through the crisp mountain air as the sun sank over the horizon. Ten upper-level girls and I snuggled into our hoodies and blankets, munched on sweet and salty bars, and watched Robbi O’Kelley, our director-turned-performer, in a High Valley Arts Foundation production of Fiddler on the Roof.
We had announced the outing to the girls as a surprise earlier in the evening, selecting those who had demonstrated high standards of behavior over the past two weeks and who had expressed an interest in musical theater through their electives at LEA. After stopping at a favorite restaurant for dinner, we piled back into the van and made the trip to Midway, Utah.
The outdoor theater was quaint, and we settled ourselves in our rented lawn chairs as an a cappella group sang Broadway songs to warm up the stage. The girls remained respectful and engaged throughout the show, and some even sang along with the performers. Robbi offered a fantastic performance as Golde, the spirited wife of the main character, and we all had a great time together.
In terms of Tradition, this is one that we hope to repeat often at LEA.