Shelby School’S ‘Wizard’ Was Wonderful


Last Friday afternoon my husband and I attended a performance of The Shelby School’s version of “The Wizard of Oz.” What a great production these kids put on — from first-graders to high school age. They outdid themselves in a very enjoyable performance. Not only did they perform for an afternoon performance for parents, and guests, they did it all over again in an evening performance (there was a packed house for each performance). Kudos to all the adults who helped make the play possible — they are too numerous to mention, it was definitely a community effort that was accomplished by everyone. There should be one special mention to the originator of the whole project and that is Elizabeth Fowler. Her energy, originality and effort to gather together the students to learn lines and everything that goes with putting on a play was extraordinary.   

Elizabeth says, “The students had fun, and learned a lot about teamwork. One thing for sure is that we’ll be doing more plays at The Shelby School, because the theater bug has bitten and we’re all infected. The kids wanted to do the show again and again!”

Along with the cultural happenings this week, I was invited to attend the last event of the year of the Tonto Community Concert Association on Monday evening at the Payson High School Auditorium. The program featured a group called the Side Street Strutters. The group was comprised of seven musicians and one female who sang her heart out. The evening was very enjoyable to me personally, because most of the songs I knew. My toes were tapping the whole evening and many in the audience was doing the same thing.

Memorial weekend happenings

The Double D Café and Saloon will put on a barbecue beef, beans and coleslaw dinner on Saturday, May 25. The food will be served on the patio starting at noon. There will also be live music provided by KMOG’s own Rockin’ Ron Gibson. More details will be in next week’s column.


On May 14, Hellsgate firefighter John Ceja will celebrate his birthday. Many happy returns, John, the Domino gals are looking forward to you coming back to station #22.

Annette Godfrey, an avid domino player will add another candle to her birthday cake on May 17. Annette travels to the Village from Payson every Wednesday to spend the afternoon with the rest of the Domino Divas. On May 18, another Hellsgate firefighter, Chad Stluka celebrates his big day. Happy birthday to everyone.

Since this week’s column is a short one, I have a few questions regarding the state of Arizona. How much do you know about our state?

  1. What river is Tempe Town Lake on?

  2. Where is the Shady Dell trailer park located?

I will have the answers in next week’s column.

One more thing ... Sunday is the day that commemorates Mother’s Day. Please show her how much she is appreciated, whether she is still with you or has been called upstairs. I miss my mother every day even though she has been gone for many years. She worked so hard to make my life as good as she could, and I did not appreciate, until my adult years, exactly how much she sacrificed for me and my brothers. I love you, Mom!


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