Energy in a great performance. Grease at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.

There is a lot to love about the Outer Banks. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth, at least those of us lucky enough to live here feel that way.

But for those of us lucky enough to live here, the beauty of the surroundings and the wonderful sense of belonging that we share are just part of what makes the Outer Banks so special. There is also a very real, and deserved, pride in our community.

Case in point—First Flight High School put on a production of the music Grease this weekend that was outstanding. According to the folks who watch over these things, they set a record for the largest audience they have ever had at one of their shows.

That says a lot about the the Outer Banks and what the people who live here feel is important. Of course the majority in the audience were parents, brothers and sisters of the performers. But there was also a very substantial part of the ticket holders who didn’t have a student in school, but were there for a fun evening of theatre and to support the kids.

The local high school theaters are something that people on the Outer Banks take a lot of pride in; sure, there’s always a rousing cheer for the sports teams, but the support for the arts in the schools is every bit as strong.

That is one of those things that help to make the Outer Banks such a great place to live—there is a spirit of support for the schools and the kids that that truly does stamp life along the ocean as something to be treasured.

The last performance of Grease will be Saturday, so not much chance to see this year’s performance. However, Manteo High School will be performing Cabaret next weekend. Might be worth checking out.