St. Paul’s Raiders Choir to present musical
NEW ULM – The best – and worst – of both worlds will meet, as fantasy meets the harsh reality of school in the “Best of Both Worlds,” a “pop musical adventure” to be performed March 21-23 by the Raiders Choir (grades 6-8) from St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School.
The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in the school gym. Admission is free, but spectators can leave a free-will donation to help fund Raiders Choir performances.
When Cinderella’s stepsisters find a portal to another world, they get zapped into a very real high school and decide to never return, says a synopsis of the plot. A Woodsman, who dreams of being a storybook hero, pursues the stepsisters to bring them back, and recruits the help of Danica, a hard-core realist who never believed in fairy tales. Meanwhile, the fairy tale world is left in shambles with the Woodsman gone. Little Red is attacked by the wolf, and Sleeping Beauty keeps pricking her finger on the ax while chopping her own firewood! It’s time for the princesses to become their own heroes and discover that they can take care of themselves!
The book was written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, the music by Dennis Poore, and the lyrics by Flip Kobler. The show is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colo.
The musical was chosen in part because it provides an opportunity to involve a large number of performers, who can all have lines if they chose, noted teacher Cindy Ring, who is co-directing the production along with teachers Sue Schone and Carol Schoneherr. It features funny, fairy-tale characters to whom the students can relate, she adds. The many problems that arise are also familiar, while the songs are catchy and fun to sing.
The stage will be split into two, with a door in between, to represent reality and the fairy-tale worlds, she adds. Lighting half of the stage, while leaving the other half in darkness, will indicate transitions between the worlds.
The performers – about 40 in all – have been rehearsing for about a month.
The production affords students an additional outlet to explore their interests and display their gifts, the directors say. Some of the students have been involved in forensics, and the production is an opportunity to expand on they have learned. In a new twist, in addition to performing, several young actresses are choreographing the dance numbers, adds Ring.