To the editor:

Nevada can be proud of many things it has to offer. The popular SCORE Park and Pavilion has been the home to events from celebrations to sports and swimming. Our once-closed theater now comes to life each weekend with local talent. Beautiful walking paths wind through our town where one can enjoy the scenic view without worrying about traffic. However, the thing I am most proud of this past week is our lovely auditorium that made its debut in this community last fall.

Last Monday night the Nevada High School drama department performed at the Civic Center for the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase. These fine young people can be proud of their performance. They were able to work with directors and performers from Broadway and meet high school students from other communities. Not only did the youth of our drama department perform singing and dancing from the songs of the musical "The Music Man," but some of them were able to sing and dance in other numbers choreographed by a Broadway performer.

As many of you remember, the Nevada drama department performed for the community their rendition of "The Music Man" in our new auditorium, which wasn’t even supposed to be finished until spring 2013. Thanks to few construction delays and good weather, it was finished early. The cast and crew entertained us with their singing, dancing and the hometown Iowa hospitality we are known for.

Had the auditorium not been a dream of so many people brought to reality, the NHS drama department would have performed at Central Elementary or the gym at the high school. By having the auditorium to practice and perform in, I believe it brought out more of the talent that lies within all the cast and crew. They were able to spread out and use a full-sized stage instead of a school cafeteria or gym. The auditorium made the kids feel proud to belong to the fine arts of Nevada. The tech crew was even able to take a learning course on lights and sound for a real production, to which I might add, they did a wonderful job.

Because of the generosity of so many people in this community, the Nevada drama department was able to bring home honors for Most Outstanding Scene in Shipoopi, Outstanding Hair and Make-up Design, Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role, Special Recognition in a Leading Role and Special Recognition for Outstanding Community Support.

Thank you people of Nevada for providing such a wonderful place for our talented youth to perform their fine arts, including band and chorus concerts. You can be proud!

Debra Russom

Nevada