Saturday night I enjoyed a treat, a dramatic performance of "I Can Cry" by Harlem High School's Sawdust Performing Arts group.
Despite the intensity of the Holocaust theme of the play, the Harlem High students gave an outstanding performance.
Robin Lyles and Janine DeMichele gave a performance that was both spellbinding and moving. They gave true credibility to the story of one woman's fight to survive the worst of the Holocaust. The director, Roy Lewis, should be commended for finding this play and giving it the proper treatment.
The actors were so spellbinding that at the first "shot" most of the audience jumped. The audience was obviously moved by the performance which was all the more special since the majority of them had no connection to the Holocaust and were there to watch their children and friends perform.
It is easy to why Harlem High School's Drama Club always does so well in the state competitions.
This was also my first visit to the Hardin Performing Arts Center. And in spite of my initial skepticism about spending the extra dollars to add it to the new library, I saw what a wise investment it is. It is a wonderful facility and it is just one more reason why Columbia County is moving ahead so quickly.
Again, kudos to Harlem High Drama, and the Sawdust Performing Arts Foundation
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