To the Editor: 


This past year, while adults debated numbers and figures regarding the proposed auditorium, Chatham students got busy rehearsing, practicing and performing. Let’s applaud these numbers:

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145 student cast and crew members performed in three sold performances of The Little Mermaid Jr. For four months last Fall, CHS staged Firebirds and Snow Angel with 30 cast members and 36 crew members. This past March, 59 CHS students performed Once Upon a Mattress with 33 student crew members and 19 pit musicians for hundreds of Chatham residents including a free performance for senior citizens.

There were 15 Holiday concerts at all six SDOC schools with hundreds of students participating. At CMS alone, over 450 students played instruments or sang in choral concerts in December. Lafayette produced the well-loved Head Show (one in Fall and one in Spring) and hosted Jointure band rehearsals for select members of grades 5-6 from across Morris County. 

At CHS there was “Chatham’s got Talent” a student-run talent show, the PTO sponsored fashion show, “Broadway under the Stars” concert and “Breakfast with the Musicians” for grades 5-12.  

Over April break, Chatham High hosted “Festivals of Music” for over 1,000 student performers from 31 ensembles from as far away as Canada and Wisconsin. This week, CMS will host 9 jazz bands from various towns for its annual “Jazz in the Middle Festival” and the Middle School Talent Show featuring 19 acts from grades 6-8 -- always well attended by the student population. 

During typical school days, both auditoriums are bustling with choral, band, orchestra, drama classes and school wide assemblies. The performing arts program continues into summer with various drama and music camps offered to Chatham students. 

Major traffic issues? One Direction is not going to rent out the Chatham Middle School auditorium. With 20 percent more seats in the new auditorium, the traffic will not be much more than the performances at CMS “The Little Mermaid Jr.” last February. 

The time to act is now. Please Vote YES and help Chatham remain a premier school district. 

Jessica D. Green