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February 10, 2013

Curtains rising | Students in region rehearsing for high school musicals, plays

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Ferndale Area

“Once Upon a High School”

Everyone’s favorite fairy-tale characters have their world turned upside down as they get a fresh taste of reality. When a portal is opened to another world, Cinderella’s stepsisters take the leap and find themselves in a very real high school. While they seem to fit in perfectly in this world where mean girls are cool, crossing over into reality has serious consequences for the fantasy world they left behind.

The Woodsman, who dreams of being more than just an incidental character without even a name, sets out to be the hero who brings them home. The Woodsman seeks help from high school student, Danica, a hard-core realist who never believed in fairy tales. She’s running for class president, but her speeches are full of gloom and doom.

Without the Woodsman, Little Red is attacked by the wolf and Sleeping Beauty keeps pricking her finger while chopping her own firewood. As harsh reality seeps into the fairy tale, the characters are forced to break free of their patterns and learn to take charge of their own destiny.

Susan Leftwich, director

Forest Hills

“Footloose”

Forest Hills will present its first musical in three years. “Footloose” is a musical version of the big screen ’80s classic, where a city kid challenges the rules of a small town, where dancing is illegal. It features many of the songs from the movie soundtrack as well as several others written specifically for the musical.

“I had so many students say, ‘I just want to dance’ or ‘I only want to sing’ or ‘I’m only able to act,’ but that doesn’t really work in this show. They have to do it all. It has been a great journey to see the students step outside their comfort zones and realize they can develop those other talents as well.”

Melissa Livermore, director

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