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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

"School of Rock" is a Wrap!

   Sunday was the final performance of First Stage Theatre Company's production of School of Rock the Musical: Youth Production - and what a fun show it was!

    Your pal Chuck was lucky enough to get tapped to direct the production - the West Virginia premiere of the musical - and it was a real challenge!

    Unlike other shows, this one included actors on stage playing musical instruments (including a keyboard, two guitars, a bass, and the drums), in addition to singing and dancing and acting! Another requirement: the pit band, and everyone in the cast, had to be age 18 and under!

   Luckily, we had some amazing young musicians audition for the show, along with a small army of talented singers, actors and dancers. After 10 weeks of rehearsals, music practice, set building, costume construction and general mayhem, our cast of 42 (that's them in the photo above, natch) brought the fast and funny show to life at the Huntington High School auditorium!

   There's something miraculous about live theatre, as the performers, the tech crew, the directors and the volunteers work together as a team to create this amazing two hours of entertainment.

   The crowds were terrific - each show's audience was bigger than the one before it - and the cast forged friendships and memories that will endure.

   It's a blessing to me to be part of something so special, and my gratitude goes out to all those who made this show possible!


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