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YVHS performing arts department presents ‘Guys and Dolls’ this weekend!

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 2:11 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

Gerardo Valencia as Skye Masterson rehearses with Lauren Hiller as Sarah Abernathy for Guys and Dolls at YVHS.

Ygnacio Valley High teacher Kelly Cooper sent me the following information in an email about the upcoming production of “Guys and Dolls” at the school. The show starts this weekend and continues next weekend.

“Would love to get the word out about the annual spring musical at Ygnacio Valley High School, ‘Guys and Dolls’! Show opens this Friday April 20th at 7:30, Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Friday April 26th 7:30 p.m., Saturday April 27th 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students, ($8 and $5 for matinees).

Directed by Tracey Garber, Choreography by Kelly Cooper, Musical Direction by Geoff Carter.”

Coincidentally, I played flute and piccolo in the pit orchestra for this show at my high school when I was a freshman and I still have very fond memories of the classic Broadway musical. It’s high-energy, with lots of action, great music and an engaging plot.

“Luck be a lady” at YVHS!

Although there is a very strong emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (or STEM) in education today, many people realize that the arts are also important. This has resulted in a new acronym called STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

Here’s a recent U.S. Department of Education blog post about the importance of arts education:

Do you think arts are as important as core high school subjects?

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2 Responses to “YVHS performing arts department presents ‘Guys and Dolls’ this weekend!”

  1. Hell Freezing Over Says:

    The arts most absolutely are as important as high school core subjects, as are sports and music!

    The arts include so many different avenues for students to learn and excel, and become responsible young adults as they prepare for life after high school. Skills range from acting, to set design and building, to electrical / computer lighting, to script writing and screen play adaption, to sound and special effects, speaking in public, working with others as a teem, learning to lead and give directions, so much more!

    Thanks for posting about the play – wouldn’t it be great if the district website posted this type of information? Plays, music events, art shows, sports, etc. – at least a link off the district site to the student events pages would be helpful in getting out the event dates / times / info and maybe even bring in a little revenue for the schools.

  2. Michael Langley Says:


    Both of my children benefitted from the performing arts as well as the math and science classes in which they excelled. They received well rounded educations from YVHS Class of ’99 and CHS Class of ‘97. It gave them options when they went to college to choose career paths. They had the background to major almost any offering as one was a National Merit Scholar graduating from UCSC and the other was awarded a President’s Scholarship and graduated from SF State. However, the shift to a narrow, limited emphasis that began in 2001 has degraded the appreciation of the arts in K-12 education. Current leadership in MDUSD follows the national trend in their tunnel vision of education. The sad fact is that the superintendent and his chosen site administrators have not deviated from the norm, though their competence is open to debate. What the district needs is leadership with a vision of education that supports all students in a well rounded rigorous, engaging education. If the Superintendent is replaced by another administrator who is planning to make a name and move on to greener pastures, we will not flourish. If the School Board does not understand this, we will continue to be trapped in the educational doldrums.

    This district is not a business; it is a service to the public. The idea of replacing the “CEO” who has a four to five year horizon with another “CEO” with a four to five year horizon does a disservice to those of us in the community who have made a long term commitment to the organization. It is the parents, community members, and dedicated employees who put all on the line to educate the students of today and the future. The eagerness to get promoted, build a resume and then hop to another district robs us of stability and accountability. When I speak of accountability, I am not referring to the façade of test scores, but to the true outcome of student education.

    That true outcome is difficult to measure, but not impossible. Principals must know how to teach and should be required to focus on coaching their teachers. They must lead by example and not adopt a rigid, paint by numbers philosophy of education. When I was a mentor teacher, I did not try to fit my charges in a mold that made me successful. I looked at whether their students learned. District administration should get out of the business of telling sites how to educate; they should focus on hiring and supporting the competent Principals who are teacher leaders.

    We have been losing the high quality teachers and administrators for over a decade. That did not begin with Supt. Lawrence. He just increased the outflow. We can find the proper path to a complete education for our students if our Board, our parents and our school staffs, understand how students learn and honor all paths to learning.

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