Upcoming musical is ‘totally new stuff’
It has never been done before, at least not that drama teacher Nicole Madison knows of.
For the first time in the history of Park City High School they are putting on the Tony-nominated musical, "Starmites."
Students just began rehearsals for the musical about a girl who enters her own comic book world where she is the key to saving the universe.
"This is totally new stuff," said senior Gabi Caro who has been in every school musical since her freshman year.
Caro will play Diva, the queen of the galaxy.
"She does anything and says whatever she wants," Caro said.
Doing something completely different has been a good experience for her.
"I think it’s good it’s definitely expanding my horizons," she said.
Dallin Quinn plays Ack Ack Ackerman, right hand man to Space Punk, King of the Universe.
It is his first time in a school musical.
"It’s something I’ve always wanted to do," he said.
A lot of the costumes and language, Quinn noted, are inspired by the 1980’s. The themes are a little more universal and include, "sticking to your dreams, love and believing in yourself."
The humor will be a big draw for audiences.
"You will laugh a lot," Quinn said.
Drama teacher Nicole Madison began teaching at the beginning of the year and is quite pleased with the students.
"I’m happy with the full cast, they’re all doing a really great job," she said.
The schedule is tight, similar to that of a professional show.
"It’s a challenge for the kids," she said.
Many of them are feeling a little bit of pressure to memorize their lines, Madison added, but they are handling it well.
"I’m so impressed with how they’re stepping up," she said.
Starmites debuted in New York City in the late 1980’s, now over two decades later it has come to Park City. The performance will be Nov. 9, 10, 11 and 13. Ticket prices and time will be announced later.
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