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The Jenkintown High School Theater Arts Program is dedicated to nurturing and developing the talents of the Jenkintown High School student body and providing a safe and creative environment where the artists can cultivate their craft within a supportive and caring community.

Monday, November 14, 2016


Each November I am blown away by the musical performance that JHS puts together. I have a little inside understanding of the proceedings as I know how many hours Lys puts in. I don’t see much of her between the last week of August and the middle of November. I know exactly how hard you are working. I also understand that this work is on top of your school workload as well as sports requirements and a million other things that don’t go away just because you are involved in a musical. On top of that, this was “Into the Woods” which is an extremely difficult show.

Each year some excellent actors and singers graduate, and I wonder - how will the show go on the following fall? I shouldn’t wonder. The talent pool at your tiny school is nothing short of amazing. I know that Lys takes great care in picking shows that she feels will best match the talents of the kids involved, but I also know that she trusts each of you and your skill and dedication, and knows that you will rise to the occasion.

Due to puppy training issues (I’m sure you have heard about Nesbitt from Lys and Kaitlyn), I was only able to see one performance this year and it was the finale on Saturday night.

Avery, Charlie, Alicia, Emily – you have a level of excellence that is not often found in young performers. It has been an honor watching you blossom into the creative forces that you have become…and that is at age 18 or below. 


Each year there are cast members that I don’t know who make an immediate impression on me. This year Maria as Cinderella, Mia as the Wolf, and Danny as the Steward – you all owned the stage when you were on it. 

Likewise the banter between Cade and James’ princes was absolutely hilarious.

I don’t know all of you guys by name, but I do know that there was not a weak link. I don’t want anyone to feel left out. A show's strength is based on the talent of everyone involved both onstage and off. Your shows are a testament to that.

The other thing that becomes apparent each year is that there is talent in every grade. The younger performers will take the place of the graduating seniors starting next year and keep the level of next fall’s production at the high level that is now expected.

I have one last observation. 

The fact that so many former actors come back to support the productions is a testament to the passion and caring instilled in each of you. 

Thank you for being so wonderful!


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