Auditorium not a frill
To the editor:
As a speech and theater teacher for 31 years, I take exception with Peggy Brown's reference to our proposed high school auditorium as a "frill." An auditorium is at least as vital to a child's development as a lab, cafeteria, classroom or gym. Through participation in music, drama, forensics, dance and the visual arts, students learn the basics of teamwork, discipline and time management. An auditorium provides a home and a showplace for these important basic disciplines.
The reality of learning in the arts for teachers and students is one of early morning Jazz rehearsals, late night technical theater rehearsals, afterschool art instruction, endless rehearsals for swing choir shows and much more.
The Lansing High School Auditorium will be the home base for countless rehearsals and great learning for young people. An auditorium is also a symbol for the pride a community has in its young people. Anyone who has spent any time working in an auditorium knows that an auditorium is not a "frill."