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I rarely get an opportunity to attend, let alone cover such events as concerts, school plays or musicals. Most of the time, I'm either covering sporting events or some breaking news story somewhere in either McDuffie or Warren counties.

This past Saturday night, however, such opportunity afforded itself and I jumped on it. The event, "Bulldogs on Broadway," at Thomson High School was simply terrific! There's no other way for me to describe it.

Those who attended the production at the school last Friday or Saturday were treated to a wonderful show by students of Thomson High School, as well as students from Thomson Middle School. It marked the first time that the two schools have ever combined for a joint show.

I personally thought it was great to see students from both schools combining their talent to make the show even more successful. Afterwards, the advisors from both schools talked about the possibility of further joint projects. What wonderful news!

Those involved in the production, as well as those who had acting and singing parts were simply incredible! They did a marvelous job!

It's great to see the remarkable talent that these students have in both our middle and high schools.

As for me, it was a great way to relieve some stress. Some of it was triggered last Wednesday afternoon when a police scanner alerted me and other reporters to the scene of a shooting on Cherry Street in Thomson. Authorities later determined that two young women, both of whom reportedly were pregnant, had been shot to death in an apartment. A boyfriend of one of the women later was arrested and charged in the double-murder case.

It was such a tragedy for our community, as well as for the victims and their family and friends - many of whom live in Warrenton.

Now, you have a little understanding, perhaps, why I jumped on the opportunity to attend the production of "Bulldogs on Broadway." It provided me a little escape of sorts into another side of life - one without tragic circumstances.

Prior to attending the musical, I had been writing news and sports stories at the newspaper and actually just thought about going to the school for a few minutes and shooting some photographs and then heading back to write some more.

Once I watched the first half of the musical, I wanted to see more. So I stayed and watched the other half of the musical, too.

I'm so glad that I stayed and watched the entire musical, because I felt so much better afterwards. Once again, for everyone that had a role in it, I want you personally to know that it was carried out in a very professional way - one each of you should feel very proud about. I commend each of you!

Web posted on Thursday, May 08, 2008

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