April 13, 2012
Payson High School students will present the musical, “All Shook Up,” Friday and Saturday at the PHS Auditorium.
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The place: the gymnasium in Geneva Community High School, a small Midwestern city located 35 miles west of Chicago. The time: many, many moons ago. It was April. And that meant it was that time of the year for Mr. Frank Church, our high school music director, to present the annual high school spring musical. That year it was “Oklahoma.” Even after all these years, I still remember quite a bit about “Oklahoma.” The starring role was played by fellow senior classmate (one of 109 graduates that year), Bill Gehring. To this day, it’s still hard for me to believe that Bill had earned the lead role. He was kind of a goofball and not too serious about the academic side of high school life (not that I was too thrilled with it, either). But then again, maybe being a little goofy is a part of what makes a good thespian.