Letter to the editor: Applause for Edmonds-Woodway players


After reading about the school district’s terrible plans to cut funding for the Arts, I decided to attend Midsummer Night’s Dream 1999 by the Edmonds Woodway High School Players. It was the most heartfelt drama experience I have ever had.

When I arrived on Sunday afternoon, the theater had no power. Students rushed in and out of the building, carrying props. They hoped to perform somewhere else on campus but were waiting for permission. At one point, they began to move everything back, only to take it all out again minutes later. Finally, they set up in the Great Hall to put on the play, all within a half hour or so.

Since this was the last performance for their beloved drama teacher Bruce Mindt, who is retiring, the students put every ounce of their endless youthful energy into it. The echoes made it hard to hear some words clearly, yet without all their props, their sound system, their set, their stage, they made it work. At the end, not only were the performers crying as they gave a tribute of flowers to their teacher, but I was crying, and I didn’t know any of them. I left the play just glowing.

You don’t need perfection when you have heart, and these kids had that down pat. They will never forget that poignant moment in time. Whatever taxpayer money went into this program—for the teacher, for the building, for any additional costs—it was money well spent.

Arlene Williams

  1. Arlene Williams- I agree!
    PlayPro is so special & Mr Mindt is beloved!
    He has made such an amazing impact in the lives of so many students. His ability to bring the best out the students is truly unmatched, in my opinion. My daughter was in PlayPro with Mr Mindt (2018-2020) and she and about 5 other former PlayPro Alumni went together to watch the final performance on Sunday in honor of Mr. Mindt. They immediately jumped into action to lend a hand with the relocation of the performance as described above, and I know they loved every minute of it! It’s a true testament to the way he teaches students the importance of connection, commitment and community.
    Mr. Mindt will be sorely missed!

  2. Well said! What a beautiful tribute!❣️❣️❣️I wasn’t there but after reading your letter I too was crying.
    Tears of happiness!

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