Last weekend I attended the SHS Swan Club show with my daughter and a friend, both Adams Junior High students. We were, in their words, bedazzled!
A simple but elegant backdrop set the scene for the evening's theme, "Destination Imagination." An upbeat, diversified play list captivated three generations of viewers, with songs spanning many decades. The "Chapel of Love" brought forth a young girl's fantasy of marriage and the Monkees'"Pleasant Valley Sunday" reminded us of the all-American dream. Junior director Holly Lippus and sophomore Helen Smith graciously swam the "Sea of Love" while Petula Clark provided a fun-filled shopping spree "Downtown." Equally entertaining were ensemble performances taking us to "Funky Town" and down the "Electric Avenue."
In her final solo routine, senior director Abby Springer delivered a delicious rendition to "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory." In what could have been a bittersweet moment for Ms. Brink, she invited her teammates to enter the "Danger Zone" for the closing number. It seemed everyone was saying, "We're really having fun now!" Perhaps a bit of "Thanks Mom and Dad for all the sacrifices you've made for me." (Parents can dream, too!)
The show's highlight came early for me as Abby Brink and senior directors Brook Chamberlin and Tana Cremain arrived pool side in lovely, shimmering gold tanks. Their crisp, artful interpretation of Sir Elton John's "Good Bye Yellow Brick Road" left me breathless. As these fine, multi-talented leaders pursue new ventures beyond Sandusky High School, I hope they will remember the following quote from this year's program: