Mary Poppins 2024

Holy moly! Wowza! I cannot even describe what it was like to be in the auditorium, 650+people per show, to feel the energy and watch these kids put on the most incredible show I’ve ever seen! So many hours went into this production! The choreography, the set, the voices! Pure heaven!

Special congratulations to Mike as the “Director of Magic” for this production! He made the magic table and hutch that break during “Spoonful of Sugar” that Mary fixes. He spent so many hours perfecting these pieces, I hope the gasps from the crowd help him feel the appreciation of all his work! It was magic!

Canton worked so hard during this run. He was in the lead dance group which means he was dancing a lot more than the rest of the kids and his routines were much more complex. I wish you all could have seen “Step in Time”, I forgot they were high schoolers! We are just bursting with pride over his vocal and dance performances, he was certainly the anchor of the ensemble, you could hear him over 40 kids! I just cannot wait to see what this kid does next!

All 800+ photos (highlights below)

Solar Eclipse 2024

We decided to venture to Niagara Falls again to watch the Solar Eclipse!

But, we are missing part of the gang, Canton decided to stay home so as not to miss school and be ready for Mary Poppins opening on Thursday! It is so strange to not hear his flag commentary entering Maryland or random trivia along the way. We miss him!!!

The drive was tough, lots of folks seem to be on the road to check out this phenomenal site!

Saying bye to Canton!

Here are some sights along the way. We arrived Saturday around 8pm before we got settled in the room. The girls swam a bit and then we got cleaned up and watched some ponies. Excited for tomorrow!

Forensics States 2024

Canton won third place at the VHSL Forensics Championship yesterday!

So many people would be terrified to stand up and speak in front of a group. For Humorous Interpretation, Canton had to select an existing play and use it to create is own 10 minute version (interpretation). It has to be funny, have multiple characters with their own voices and mannerisms, and has to reflect the original piece with an original written introduction . Canton had a dad, three very different children, an Irish mom, dad, and son, sheep, and a dinosaur princess. Whew!

He put a lot of time into all the aspects of this. He just missed out on second place by a tiebreaker! Not too shabby for a freshman who is brand new to forensics! We are immensely proud of his dedication and drive. Canton has so many things going on, I am also impressed by this kid and I cannot wait to see what comes next! We love you, Canton!

Scenes from the competition and hotel

Forensics Super Regionals 2024

He is the champion!!!!!!! Canton has worked hard over the last couple months drafting his piece. He got second place in the regional competition and was able to overcome the guy who beat him at regions to become the super regional champion!

Jamestown got third overall! Canton will have the state competition at the end of March. We are so stinking proud of this kid!!