St. Paul’s Lutheran School presents: ‘Kokonut Island’

NEW ULM – Shiver me timbers! St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School’s Raider Choir (grades 6-8) presents the school spring musical, “Kokonut Island,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the school gym.

The musical is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colo.

According to a synopsis, a mom, Cordelia, and her kids need to earn money on storm-devastated Kokonut Island. So they open Kokonut High, a school that guarantees graduation to every student … for a huge tuition fee. Along with the minuscule number of students that arrive, a crime syndicate also shows up.

To make matters more hysterical, the ghost of Cap’n Kid appears, telling everyone to get off his island! But Swampy, deemed crazy by the island inhabitants, is the only one who can see the ghost. A zany set of characters, such as happy-go-lucky students, long-lost guests and two girls who think they are going to wed the same boy, also wander on the island.

When an accreditation team from stateside demands to meet the school faculty (which doesn’t exist!), the musical is really thrown overboard!

The musical was chosen because it’s humorous, fun, and matches the number and abilities of students in the cast, noted co-director Cindy Ring.

The music is easy to catch on to, and the plot offers a variety of diverse parts, none of them overwhelmingly large, she adds. Some actors take the lead in some scenes, and others in other scenes, giving many students a chance to act and sing.

The cast of about 50 has been rehearsing for almost a month, adds Ring.

The show is open and free to the public. Free-will donations are welcome.

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