Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Forty-two students, grades 3-6, will take the stage Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. to sing, dance, and tell the story of Freddie and his pond life in the youth musical production Once Upon a Lily Pad. The characters include frogs, egrets, turtles, snakes, alligators, fireflies, and even an owl to help bring to life Freddie's search for the thing he does best in life.
This youth musical, Once Upon a Lily Pad, has been made possible in part by a grant from the Mardag Foundation. Rehearsals started earlier this spring and the production had to be escheduled due to Mother Nature's final winter blast closing school on one of our last rehearsal days.
Community Education is working with many community groups and individuals to put this musical on stage. It will have simple costumes and staging, but the sound is outstanding for this young group of voices. We have tons of talent to look forward to in the future. Some of the community supporters include: Kimball Schools and staff, Kimball Community Playhouse, Kimball CARES, City of Kimball, area townships, area arts supporters, Gusto Graphics and, of course, the participants and their families. I want to extent a special "thank you" to Kimball schools choir director Arlene Sands for her musical directing and accompaniment for this production, also Jude Hamer and Jayme Olson for help with costumes.
This is a great family night out, all ages and family units welcome. We ask for a $2 donation at the door to help finance next year's youth musical, The Emperor's New Clothes, with script, music, and lyrics by Dave and Jean Perry.
Cast includes (in order of appearance):
Fredrick J. Frog: Michael Binsfeld
Frogs: Carl Blanchard, Justice Boyer, Kaytlin Harris, Katie Decknatel, Justine Miller
Egrets: Kaitli Wicker, Sophie Walz, Rebecca Binsfeld, Lily Thompson
Turtles: Arianna Davis, Emma Capes, Megan Serbus, Kylie Carlson, Mikaela Heid, Lidiah Zipp
Snakes: Bailee Schiefelbein, Cailyn Kuechle, Rachel Merten, Mariah Fennema, Brian Binsfeld, Trevor Combs
Alligators: Abbey Schiefelbein, Jasiah Paskewitz, Haydon Hurrle, Chloe Hamacher
Fireflies Danielle Lyrek, Julia Zipoy, Madeline Fox, Erin O'Brien, Cheyenne Volk, Jolee Randall, Katie Madigan, Kim Kesanen, Alexis Weisman, Taijah Capes, Tessa Epple
Hoot Gibson: Cheyanne DeGree
Chorus: Jessica Combs, Ashley Schindele, Jarett Edwards, Haydon Gagnon