Important Information about our upcoming production of Disney's The Lion King.

Due to the inclement weather and for the safety of our performers and patrons, we have decided to close school on Friday, November 16, 2018; thus canceling the evening performance of Disney's The Lion King at the Honesdale High School Performing Arts Center. The Friday Evening performance will now be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM. All Friday evening tickets will be accepted on Sunday at the performance. (Friday tickets will NOT need to be exchanged, as our computer systems will automatically accept Friday tickets on Sunday.) If you cannot make the performance on Sunday, you may exchange your tickets to Saturday's performance (November 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM), or we will issue a refund on your ticket order. Please call our box office at 570-251-9831 for assistance in exchanging or having your tickets refunded. Our offices will be open by phone on Friday at 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

When a Freshman Gets the Lead Role...


You're a senior in high school waiting for the cast list of your last musical to be posted.

The moment it goes up, you race over to find your name, hoping it's somewhere at the top.

After all, you're a senior. You've been in virtually every production since freshman year. You've joyfully accepted every ensemble or supporting role, hoping that it scores points to ensure a lead role in your last year.

You start reading the list and your heart drops. Not only are you not cast in the lead role but the role went to someone else.

Now, you can react to this news in a couple of different ways. The first, you could get angry, become bitter and stew about it for the rest of time (because honestly, some do). Or, you could look at this as a teaching moment that roles are given to those who fit them best and that nothing, not even being a senior, should you assume you're going to get a certain role.

If you're wise and want a future in this industry, I suggest going with the latter.

Don't get me wrong, not being cast stinks. But if you want a career in the performing arts, you're not going to get a lot of roles. And you're going to lose them to people who haven't put in the years or work you have. It's the nature of the business.

So while you may feel miffed by not getting that lead role your senior year, use this as a teachable and motivational moment to feed your career hunger for years to come.

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