Wyoming Arts Council

Central High students stage Cole Porter

Cheyenne’s Wyoming Tribune-Eagle launched a series in today’s edition that will follow Central High School students as they prepare for the school”s 2009 musical “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter. The series is by reporter Becky Orr.

Today’s installment looks at the audition and rehearsal processes. Here’s an excerpt:

The cluttered stage looks nothing like it will in the next few weeks. Music stands and chairs are arranged in a semi-circle, ready for a school Christmas concert. An overhead projector is in one corner of the stage, a Christmas tree in another.

In a few weeks, the stage will become a 1930s-era ocean liner populated with society’s darlings.

But for now, the directors are focused on the singing. “Remember to keep the tempo up,” vocal director David Hurst advised the teens.

Hurst, along with director Wende Wolfe-Perez and student director Liz Wood, jot down notes after each girl sings.

“The worst part of doing any show is casting,” Wolfe-Perez said. “I told the kids we could have three or four people in mind for one part. If they don’t get that part, they will be in the chorus. It doesn’t mean they weren’t good enough.”

Read the series at http://www.wyomingnews.com/

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