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Family legend basis for West Side musical | Preston Citizen

Family legend basis for West Side musical

October 31, 2012


Citizen editor

What would it be like to have a father who was a secret agent? Jaron Packer, the music teacher at West Side High School, has an idea what it would be. He grew up thinking his dad was a spy.

“My Dad The Secret Agent,” is the eighth-grade musical this year and it was written and produced by Packer. The play is Packer’s “swan song.” The play will be performed at the Dahle Performing Arts Center at 800 N. West Side Highway, Dayton, this week starting Thursday at 7 p.m. There will be two other shows Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, again at 7 p.m.

Nic May, (l), Breanna Lind and Chase Bingham take a break from a rehearsal of “My Dad The Secret Agent.” The eight-grade musical will be performed at the Dahle Performing Arts Center starting on Thursday.

Packer will be leaving at the end of this year after teaching music five years at West Side. His wife, Vanessa, wants to be close to Primary Children’s Hospital, where their son can receive treatments for an illness he was born with. Because of Jaron’s commitment at the school during the day, his wife Vanessa takes their son by herself to the Salt Lake City hospital once a week. Packer has been putting in long hours from 4 a.m. until 11 p.m. teaching and getting the school’s musical ready for the upcoming performance.

“It’s time she has a husband again,” Packer said.

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The Packers bought a house and began to sink their roots in the area when their son’s MPS-VI was uncovered.

“I wanted to stay here until I retired. We love it here. But I’ve got to do what is best for my family,” Packer said.

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