Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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April 8, 2014

'High School Musical' involves most BHS students ever

The Batesville High School Drama Club and BHS Music Department will present Disney’s “High School Musical” Friday-Saturday, April 11-12, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

The popular Disney movie was rewritten for the stage by David Simpatico and is performed in cooperation with Music Theatre International, New York.

Director Lisa Barnett, a Batesville Middle School language arts teacher, noted, “This is a story about accepting people and coming together for the good of the cause. It’s a romance and a comedy.”

The largest cast in BHS history will take the stage for this production. Eighty-two students are involved in “High School Musical.” According to Barnett, “The turnout for this show surpassed our expectations. We had no idea how popular it would be. We had 94 students in the cast, and we speculated that students would drop out along the way for various reasons. We thought that we might end up with 70, but we’re still over 80. It’s just been an amazing experience.”

The crowning moment of the production will be a full company dance number at the end of the show. All 82 will dance to “We’re all in This Together.” Cast members will fill the stage and about two dozen will dance in the aisles. Barnett added, “It’s the only way we could fit them all in the number! It is going to be spectacular.”

Rehearsals began in early February and the cast continues to make finishing touches to the musical. Mary K. Cambron, a BHS art teacher, functions as the assistant director and supervises the set crew. Carla Thomas, the BMS and BHS choral director, serves as the vocal director. Eric Stauffer, BMS and BHS band director, handles the instrumental side of the production, and Miranda Hamilton, Northern Kentucky University senior dance major, provides the choreography. Her services are made possible by the Rural Alliance for the Arts Artists in Residence Program.

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