Maureen Connors Badding arrived in Wauwatosa 22 years ago via Buffalo and Phoenix. She's a freelance writer and habitual volunteer who enjoys book clubs, travel, entertaining and cheering for her daughter's swim team.
I've been going to musicals at Tosa East for about 14 years, and every year I ask myself, Where do all these talented kids come from? The answer came to me during last night's production of Phantom of the Opera: Tosa East surely must have its own opera ghost who is coaching the kids on the sly.
For years there have been rumors of a ghost named Fitz Fitzsimmons living on the all-but-abandoned third floor of the school; he's listed in each production's crew credits for good luck. I'm just beginning to realize his role in vocal coaching. Of course, Director/Producer Tom Thaney and Vocal Musical Director Wendy Traeger deserve some credit for recognizing and nurturing the seemingly endless supply of talent at the school too.
Seriously, if you haven't gone to see Phantom yet, buy your tickets now online at SeatYourself.Biz. (Click on "buy tickets" and search by school name.) You will be amazed that high school students can put on a show with such outstanding voices, acting and production values. Tickets remain for shows this Friday and Saturday (April 15 & 16) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday the 17th at 2 p.m.