I have to confess that it was my love for musicals that swayed us toward sending our kids to Muskegon Catholic Central and the Catholic education was a bonus.
Once a year when they were young I tried to expose our kids to a musical production because of my love for musical theater. The first musical we attended was “The Wizard of Oz” at Muskegon Catholic Central High School in 1989. My sister Judy, whose kids attended MCC, invited us to the play and I brought Chad (nine), Kelly (six) and Corey (four), while Mark and Bryan stayed home.
Even though we sat in the very back row, the production was amazing. During intermission we went into the lobby and my sister introduced me to Judy Gould whose daughter played Glinda in the play. I was energized by the excitement and the family atmosphere during intermission. It seemed as though everyone knew everyone and they were all rooting for each other’s kids to do well, not just their own.
After the play I drove home and told Mark that we should send our kids to Muskegon Catholic Central because of the wonderful warm feeling I had during the night. For financial reasons we decided not to send our kids that year.
The next year we went back to MCC to watch “The Music Man” and I came home with the same warm feelings that I had the year before and once again told Mark that we should send our kids to Muskegon Catholic. Our finances were better, so we made the switch the following fall.
Because of my love for musical productions, I coaxed Kelly, Corey and Bryan into trying out for MCC musical productions. I couldn’t talk Chad into performing because play practice was during basketball season and Chad loved basketball and we loved watching Chad perform on the basketball court with his teammates.
Corey was my first favorite child to perform in a musical. In 1999 Corey was in “Oklahoma” which I absolutely loved. We still listen to the wonderful music from that play.
Kelly performed in “State Fair” in 2000. I remember Kelly practicing for tryouts with Gracie Wenk in our basement. She was so nervous that she almost threw up on the way to the audition. Kelly was way out of her comfort zone this time and was surprised to hear she made the play. Kelly was my favorite that year.
Bryan performed in Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” in 2004 which was another wonderful MCC production. Bryan was my favorite that year.
I loved that all of our kids ventured way out of their comfort zones to try out for the plays. Even though I would have loved to be a performer I’m not sure I would have dared.
The spring musical for 2014 is “Grease,” another favorite of mine.