I am a Payson High School senior and I have been involved in our excellent theater program for the past four years. Kathy and Jon Siler and Tom Walling put forth a tremendous amount of time and effort to run drama.
The Silers practically started the theater program in Payson. They were the directors when the auditorium was constructed in 1988.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands of students, have gone through their program and have learned an appreciation for the fine arts, as well as the very useful skill of public speaking.
Now, I have been to many Payson High sporting events and I have seen, firsthand, the support that the community and the student population have for their school.
I would like to see that same support for our fine arts program. It is a little lacking in funds and we are in desperate need of support.
I know a lot of you don't like fine arts and/or don't understand them. Please give us a chance and you won't regret it.
Payson High Drama is widely recognized statewide as one of the top Thespian troupes in the state. We have received the Governor's plaque of recognition for being the top troupe in the state the past two out of three years and have been recognized as an Honor Troupe the past 15 years running.
We were invited to perform a one-act play at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb. this past year. That means, we performed one of the 20 best one-acts in the entire nation.
This year, we were invited to perform at the one-act state play competition for receiving a superior for a one-act we performed. That is the equivalent of a basketball state tournament.
We bring home the awards, our awards display in the auditorium lobby is so full that we can't fit a quarter of the awards in it.
"Treasure Island," performed by the theater production class, continues this afternoon with a matinee at 4 p.m. and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Please come support our superior troupe. We are in desperate need of it and would very much appreciate it. I'm proud to be a part of PHS drama.
Jonathan Gartner, Payson