The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 10, 2013

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


Rockwood Area


This musical is based on the classic story “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum.

The story is based around the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”

“I wanted a production that would be of interest to all age groups. I’m hoping to make this an entertaining musical that the whole family would want to come and enjoy.

“This production includes students from the fourth through 12th grades.”

Julie Carlson, director


“Medium Rare”

In this comedy farce with a large cast, Mr. and Mrs. Polk buy a new house and discover that Grandma came with it.

They want Grandma to leave, but complications arise as her boyfriend arrives along with all her friends.

Comedy ensues as misunderstandings and confusion mounts.

“As director, I like the character development that this play requires. The challenge for the actors is the fast-paced timing, which is required, and the fact that many of them are playing senior citizens. They should come away with a better appreciation for the problems our elderly face each day.”

Rev. Jay E. Shaffer, director

Somerset Area

“The Sound of Music”

This musical is the story of the singing Von Trapp family in pre-World War II Austria and their governess, Maria.

Through classic tunes such as “Do Re Mi” and “My Favorite Things,” Maria helps the seven Von Trapp children experience the joy of singing and brings a love of music back into their home.

Maria falls in love with and marries the children’s father and after returning from their honeymoon, the couple discovers Austria has been invaded by the Nazis who demand the captain’s immediate service in their Navy.

The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides a thrilling conclusion to the inspirational musical.

“This is truly one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s finest collaborations. “The Sound of Music” is a timeless classic that appeals to audiences of all ages.”

Susan K. DiPasquale, director

United Area

“All the King’s Women”

This show is a collection of scenes and monologues that takes the audience on a historical trip of America’s pop culture and the people who shaped it through their interactions with Elvis Presley.  

The audience will be engrossed in the tales told from women who were shocked, awed and enchanted by “the King.”

“We’ve just started rehearsals on this original and engaging show, but already the cast and crew are showing their talents. It’s fascinating for all of us to discover the history behind the legend of one of America’s greatest musicians and icons.  

“We hope we have a packed house to reminisce and sing along with us as we pay homage to one of rock ’n’ roll’s most beloved figures. And, who knows, there might just be an Elvis spotting.”

Michelle Dunn, director

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