As many of you know, the Viroqua Area School District experienced a system-wide power outage on Friday, March 2, around 4:30 p.m. I want to thank the administration and staff for their determination at getting the system back online as quickly as possible. There were 31 middle school children due to arrive by 5:30 to begin preparations for putting on the first public performance of their annual musical in the elementary school cafetorium. These kids had worked many months for this night to come and would have been very disappointed to have to give up one of their two public performances.

This power outage was confusing, as it didn't effect every circuit. When the children got there, we had them get into their costumes and makeup, as there was lighting in the costume room to do that. The stage itself did not have lighting and we had no idea what the status would be at the 7 showtime. After several hours of waiting, wondering, and much repeating of the phrase, "The show must go on!", at 6:45 the lighting was restored to the elementary school.

Administration and staff made getting the cafetorium lighting up and running in time for the show their top priority. Those I know who were directly involved in coordinating with the power company were Dr. Kehl Arnson, Mike Brendel, Terry Olson and Kodi Ethridge. Thank you, gentlemen, for making the kids' big night priority one. We all are grateful for your dedication to the children.

Pam Kalinosky (director), and the cast and crew of "Hippie Flower Power"

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