Tricounty News

43 Students take stage for another youth musical

Community is welcome and encouraged to attend

The play was selected and announced almost a year ago, auditions have taken place and rehearsals have been scheduled. Kimball area students in grades 3-6 will present their youth musical, "The Emperor's New Clothes," to the public on Saturday evening, March 31, and Sunday afternoon, April 1, on the Kimball Area High School stage. This year's play selection is based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name and is written/composed by Dave and Jean Perry. It is the story of a good-hearted but gullible king, duped by two cunning scoundrels who weave an invisible suit of clothes which "only the wise can see." The script is witty; the songs are clever and fun. The production will be Webcast and put on the school website.

This is the second year of directing a youth musical for both Creative Director Cathy Olson and Music Director Arlene Sands. This year's play selection is more musically challenging with two-part harmony and small ensembles. There are also larger speaking parts and more opportunity to "act" compared to last year's production, so Cathy will be working on building memorable characters with the performers. Along with the returning directors, we have 18 cast members from last year and 25 who are giving stage performing a try for the first time.

In 2011, Kimball Community Education with the Kimball School District as fiscal agent, received an arts grant from the Mardag Foundation and performed an entertaining elementary production of "Once Upon a Lily Pad." This year the Mardag Foundation has again partnered with Community Education and the school district to continue support of arts opportunities in the area. "The Emperor's New Clothes" production is made possible in part by a second-year Mardag Foundation Grant.

Be sure to mark your calendars and attend this fun, family-friendly performing arts opportunity. Reminder flyers will go to elementary-age students in backpacks and more performance information will be in the school district's official news source, the Tri-County News.

Thanks for your support of our students and performing arts. See you when the curtains open.

Submitted by Cathy Olson