When entering Marion Performing Arts Center there are the usual melodramatic scenes and random Shakespearean quotes, but there is something different for the fall musical season.
The musical features three new directors, with duties split between interrelated teacher Anne Schrick, band director Steven Glover, and vocal teacher Ruth Springer.
As choir teacher, Springer is heavily involved with students at practice. She says it’s an enjoyable experience teaching music to the cast and getting to know students outside the classroom setting.
“I have a strong love for music and the arts,” she said. “The students involved are hard-working, caring individuals. I am thankful for my time with them.”
The musical, which runs Nov. 8, 9, and 10, features the Big, Bad Wolf on trial by a cast of fairy tale creatures.
Working with three directors can present scheduling and linguistic problems, but it serves as a reminder that the musical is a team effort, Springer said.
Despite the challenges, an advantage of having three directors is the blending of different perspectives, she said.
Freshman Sadie Lange is one of many new actors this year, but she has several years’ experience as an audience member.
“I always really liked watching the musicals,” she said. “Eventually, my musical talents got to the level where I felt like I was comfortable auditioning,”
Sadie looks forward to auditioning for future musicals because she enjoys the choreography, and moments when the cast bonds through laughter.
She hopes the high school continues putting on well-known musicals, and possibly establishes a drama class for future thespians.
Sadie isn’t the only one enjoying the stage.
Senior Amy Packham has been involved in multiple productions in Marion and her hometown in Wyoming.
“I enjoy creating my character and diving into a different world with the friends I have made through the musical,” she said.
Springer hopes to see productions and cast size increase in the future as Marion’s drama program extends beyond the musical’s limitations.