South Carroll High presenting ‘Fame — the Musical’
Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 2:00 am | Updated: 4:44 pm, Thu Apr 28, 2011.
By Terry Zetlmeisl
The Stagelighters of South Carroll High School are presenting "Fame - the Musical." Set in New York City's High School for the Performing Arts, it's the story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work.
With candor, humor and insight, the show explores issues that confront many young people today: issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance.
Although the script contains some adult overtones, Timothy Karr, faculty adviser to the show, said he believes "the catchy music and dancing will prevail and anything troubling in the script will most likely go over any young kid's head."
A musical about talented performers requires an extra level of ability for the performers, and to this end Karr said the vocal and acting skills of the South Carroll cast out-shadowed the dance; so they hired a professional dance teacher, Fiona Ellwood of the Mount Airy Performing Arts Center, to help with the choreography.
The play is directed by Michelle Steshoski, who has directed several past productions at the school and is assisted by musical director Lydia Courtney and pit director John Stevenson.
The musical connects with several of the cast members, said Gavin Green, who plays Schlomo Metzenbaum.
Like Green, several of the lead cast members are seniors. "It's like re-living the last four years of high school for us," Green said. "In the end of the play, there is a graduation, and we're all getting geared up for our own graduation. It's so realistic for the seniors."
The show continues today at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. They can be purchased at the school, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.
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