AHS postpones Phantom of the Country Opera, Schools in Illinois to close March 17-30


UPDATED 3/13/20 4:50 PM:

Posted on Facebook by Amboy CUSD Superintendent Joshua Nichols

In regards to the coronavirus:

Students, Parents, Guardians, and Staff

I am reaching out to you to give you the most up to date information in regards to the Coronavirus/COVID-19, as of 3:30 this afternoon Governor JB Pritzker will be closing schools from Tuesday, March 17 to Monday, March 30. I want you to know that during this time we will remain in daily contact with the Lee County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and if more information becomes available, I will pass it along.

The state superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala has informed us that it is imperative that we develop an e-learning plan. Fortunately for us, we put in place an approved e-learning plan back in February. In order to properly prepare for the e-learning days Monday, March 16this now an 11:30 school dismissal day. The teachers and staff will be spending the afternoon gathering and preparing materials for the e-learning days. I will send out another notification on Monday after school that will elaborate on our e-learning days plan.

Quick Info

·Monday, March 16 is an 11:30 dismissal

·Starting Tuesday 03/17 to Friday 03/20 and on Monday, March 30 the district will be using e-learning days

·The High School’s Musical is canceled

·Central’s Spring Concert is canceled

·All extracurricular events and athletics are canceled until school resumes normal operations


The following resources will provide you with the most up to date information in regards to the virus.

The Governor’s Guidance


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing information on the virus here:


The Illinois Department of Publish health is providing information on the virus here:


School and Event Cancelations

Governor Pritzker will be closing schools from Tuesday, March 17 to Monday, March 30

The High School’s Musical for this weekend and Central’s Spring Concert for next week has been canceled.

All extracurricular events and athletics are canceled as well until school resumes.

Amboy e-learning plan

Central School (PK-4)

·Students will be provided packets with daily learning activities. The materials will also be available electronically.

·Activities will cover a review of skills already taught and will include Math, Reading, Physical Education, Music, and Art

·Students should complete the daily activities and upon returning to school, students will return the learning activities for each e-learning day.

·Teachers will be available on e-learning days from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) to answer questions, via email or learning platform, from students and/or parents.

High School and Junior High School (5-12)

·Students will be provided their learning activities electronically through their Chrome Books. Teachers will use the learning platform that they use on a daily basis to communicate with students

·Students should work on the daily activities and submit them electronically to receive credit for completion as well as attendance.

·Teachers will be available on e-learning days from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) to answer questions, via email or learning platform, from students and/or parents.

As more information becomes available, I will be passing it along. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please reach out to me at (815)857-214 orjnichols@amboy.net.

UPDATED 3/13/20 4 PM: 

On Friday, March 13, it was posted on Facebook that the Amboy High School spring musical is being postponed due to the coronavirus. It was also reported around 4 p.m. that Illinois schools will be closed from March 17-30 because of the virus.

Originally posted 3/10/20

AMBOY — When the curtains open at this weekend’s Amboy School High School musical, supporters of the program are hoping the audience will see the school’s stage is “hurtin’ for curtains.” 

For decades the backstage curtains have framed school theater performances, community events and dance recitals. A small group of parents and students plan to kick off what could be a multi-year fundraising campaign to replace the backstage and main curtains. 

During intermission of this weekend’s musical, “Phantom of the Country Opera,” cast members will take on a Minute-to-Win-it challenge, asking the audience to fill baskets with spare change or dollar bills. The cast member who collects the most will receive a prize. 

Amboy High School presents “Phantom of the Country Opera” on March 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and March 15 at 2 p.m. at Amboy High School. Because of construction at the school, attendees are asked to use Door 10 on the east side of the high school. Parking is located in the main parking lot and also along the streets surrounding the school. 

“Phantom of the Country Opera” is comedic, country western adaptation of the infamous masked opera ghost and his muse originally portrayed in the Broadway production of “Phantom of the Opera.” 

Chrissy, played by AHS sophomore Angela Daszkiewicz, has spent her singing career at the Opera, but in an unfortunate turn of events, finds herself back in Nashville to take care of her mother’s affairs. She is greeted by The Country Palace janitor Aaron (AHS junior Dashad Greene) and a cast of characters all looking for their big break in the capital of country music. But the reigning queen of country music Sally Barker played by AHS junior Erin Latta isn’t keen on Chrissy’s Nashville debut.

Featuring more than 30 AHS and Amboy Junior High School students and a full pit orchestra, the musical is directed on stage by Amy Schwamberger. The music director is Travis Kemmerer.

“Phantom of the Country Opera” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International and was originally produced at Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theater, executive director Kary Walker and artistic director Dyanne Earley. The book was written by Sean Grennan and Kathy Santen, music by Michael Duff and lyrics by Cheryl Coons.