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Laona and Wabeno High Schools to Present Spring Musical
The Laona and Wabeno Music and Drama Departments will once again present an original full-length musical this spring. Saved by the Belle will have its world premiere weekend Friday, March 21st through Sunday, March 23rd. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 PM, and the Sunday show is at 1 PM. All performances are at the WHS Auditorium. Advance tickets for all shows are $5.00, and are currently available at both high school offices. Tickets are $7.00 at the door for all shows.
Saved by the Belle was created for Rebel Drama by Nick Ireland. It is the story of Nancy Penn, a rookie Secret Service linguistics analyst who secretly dreams of writing detective novels. When Callie Taylor, a major party presidential candidate’s daughter, needs protection the youthful Nancy is tapped to go undercover as a student at an all girls’ high school. Nancy’s job quickly becomes complicated. Callie is a complete brat; Nancy falls for Chaucer, the handsome young English teacher; Callie and Nancy get wrapped up in a feud between the kindhearted country girls called The Daisies and a group of rich city girls known as The Royals. Meanwhile, Victoria Magnum, Nancy’s lead character in her unpublished detective stories, keeps popping into Nancy’s head to try and convince her to give up her day job and become a full-time writer. All this is bad enough, but then someone actually tries to kidnap Callie! Will the girl become a prisoner, or will she be “saved by the belle”?
The musical features songs by contemporary pop artists like Lorde, Phillip Phillips and Bruno Mars. The Daisies also treat us to a rowdy country song by Gretchen Wilson.The cast features seniors Elycia Baker as Nancy, Andrew Boor as Chaucer, Samantha Exferd as Chelsea, Nina Ferraro as Agent Moriarty, Christy Mattern as Victoria and Ksenija Zivkovic as Dunja. Reverend Lee Jennings plays Senator Wilson Taylor, and his daughter Callie is played by Sarah Jennings. Samantha Lake plays headmistress “Doc” McBride. The Daisies are played by Teagen Bodoh and Leslie Lukas. The rest of the cast includes Abigail Ashbeck, Kaitlyn Ashbeck, Kaylee Babich, Kelci Godin, Jasmine Hanson, Sarah Matuszewski, Max Milkie and Amelia Weber.Crew includes Max Milkie, Ian McKenna, Noah Exferd, Nacie Calarco, Alex Webb, Kurt Pence and Billy Peterson. Mary Ellen Keller is the show’s music director. Carol Bartlein and Pat Lowery join her in the orchestra. Lowery also serves as tech director. Olivia Zimmer is the “Costume Mama,” and the show is directed by Nick Lowery.