School Spotlight: DeForest Musical Theater program hits a home run with kids

Pamela Cotant:

While some kids played baseball this summer, some put on a musical based on the history of the sport.
In fact, participation in the Village of DeForest Parks and Recreation Department Musical Theater doubled this summer when 25 children ages 7 to 11 signed up. Normally, the program draws about a dozen participants.
“Each year is more fun than the last,” said 10-year-old Chloe Janisch, who is entering fifth grade at DeForest Area Middle School and returned to the theater program for her fourth year. “It is a very fun atmosphere.”
Pam Smith, who teaches music at Yahara and Morrisonville elementary schools, proposed the idea to the parks and recreation department more than five years ago. Each year she has participants put on a musical with a different theme.
“The Inside Pitch,” a musical composed by Michael and Jill Gallina, was performed this year.