The Winnebago Lutheran Academy performs The Music Man

By | November 16, 2022

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – College students at Winnebago Lutheran Academy have accomplished a four-day run of The Music Man after months of rehearsal.

Meredith Wilson’s musical follows Midwestern con man Harold Hill within the small city of River Metropolis, Iowa. Hill intends to promote musical devices and uniforms to residents to start out a marching band and depart city after gathering the cash. However he finds himself in a bind when the native music instructor suspects him of being an impostor.

Native 5 was there forward of Friday’s efficiency, the place the forged and crew stated the present’s latest Broadway revival was the right technique to reintroduce the traditional present to youngsters.

“We selected The Music Man this 12 months as a result of it was picked up on Broadway, and so the youngsters noticed that, so it gave them just a little pleasure. Typically you throw the classics at them, and so they’re like , we have not seen that one as a result of it received too previous,” stated Andrew Mildebrandt, the present’s director.

As a smaller college, placing on any musical creates distinctive challenges for Winnebago Lutheran, however they’ve discovered methods to make it work. Along with the involvement of many forged and crew members in different sports activities and actions, the college’s auditorium and stage are smaller than most.

“Now we have a really small theatre. Our wings behind the curtains are solely a few meter extensive, so now we have to be actually inventive with our staging,” Mildebrandt defined. “No matter is on stage, we can’t be capable to take it off stage, so now we have to seek out alternative ways to suit collectively and do different issues to make all of it work collectively.

However none of these challenges take away from the expertise for the scholars, who say the forged and crew are like one massive household.

“You are feeling such as you create a reminiscence each evening,” stated Riley Kaspar, who performed Ewart Dunlop. “Every individual is an unimaginable forged member, and all of our administrators are right here to assist us each step of the best way.”

“[My favorite memory] could be the buddies and jokes you made alongside the best way. There may be such a group across the theater. You actually really feel like household being a part of the forged and crew,” Sam Hansmann, who performed the titular Harold Hill, instructed Native 5.

One other problem for the actors? The dance model within the present, which takes place in 1912.

“I feel one of many greatest challenges is unquestionably dancing, as a result of none of us are educated dancers,” stated Jenna Weigand, who performed music instructor Marian Paroo. “However now we have a

spectacular choreographer, and we apply rather a lot, so lastly every thing falls into place and it appears to be like nice. Now we have a lot of enjoyable lifts and dips this 12 months which makes it much more enjoyable.

The present additionally has an enormous ensemble presence, and Kaspar instructed Native 5 that each function is crucial to the efficiency, irrespective of how small.

“Being a part of the choir, you would possibly suppose you are neglected, however you are not,” Kaspar stated. “You need to understand that each second somebody could possibly be watching you. There actually are no small roles, as cliché as that sounds, however actually everybody on stage is basically necessary.

Moreover, Winnebago Lutheran is collaborating within the Fox Cities Performing Arts Heart (PAC) Heart Stage program this 12 months. Theater applications can have their exhibits critiqued by a group that offers suggestions to administrators and college students earlier than the Heart Stage Excessive Faculty Musical Theater Showcase occasion subsequent Might. College students say seeing all of the performances from different colleges is a spotlight of this system.

“We get tickets to among the productions from different colleges, which is basically cool too since you get to see the highschool theater throughout the group and the state,” Weigand defined.

“It is not a lot that you simply compete towards the opposite video games, however you expertise them with one another,” Hansmann added.

College students stay up for Heart Stage’s showcase and awards yearly.

“It is so thrilling, particularly if you see somebody out of your forged getting up there,” Kaspar stated. “You see them getting an award, it is actually simply an schooling of the group.”

General, seeing all of the items fall into place and all of the exhausting work of the scholars paying off is the most effective a part of each musical for Mildebrandt.

“If you get to the previous few weeks, you may lastly have all the youngsters there, all collectively, placing it down…it is only a improbable feeling.”

Performances had been held November 10-12 at 7 p.m. and November 13 at 2 p.m. on the Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac.