| Mustang Public Schools will be putting on the award-winning musical, "Annie" Feb. 26-28, 2015, thanks to several members of the MHS faculty. This year, the production is open to any Mustang Public Schools' student between second grade and 12th grade. School faculty and staff can also audition. |
"This is an opportunity to showcase the talents and skills of students and staff," said Emily Farnham, MHS theatre instructor. "There are a variety of roles available for all ages. We have roles for musicians, dancers, singers, actors and technicians who help things run behind the scenes."
Auditions are 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 and 4 in the choir room at Mustang High School. To signup, email Farnham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Show dates are Feb. 26-28, 2015. Rehearsals are from December - February and vary depending on the size of the role. The larger the role, the more rehearsals are necessary. Most will be required to attend one to three rehearsals per week.
To audition for the show, stop by http://goo.gl/uhFtc3 for detailed information. Need a headshot? Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 11 and 12, a photographer will be available in the MHS Theatre room inside the MHS auditorium from 3:35 to 5 p.m. to take headshot pictures for those interested. The cost is $20. The photographer will touch-up and print the pictures. They will be given to Farnham for auditions. Anyone who plans to audition can show up for a headshot. A solid color shirt and little jewelry is best.
Besides the roles available onstage and backstage, there will be many other students involved in making "Annie" a success. Instructors James Grigsby, stagecraft; Mike McGarry and Mike Meledeo, woodworking; and Farnham will design the set and their students will build it. Art teacher Vanessa McIntire and her students, as well theatre and stagecraft students will paint the set. Kent Hathaway, the 2014 Teacher of the Year from Prairie View Elementary, and his students will help with scenic painting in their art classes. Cynthia Gass and Stephanie Easley are the music directors. They will help the students master the music and Gass will conduct the orchestra during the shows. Band instructors Ryan Edgmon and Jacob Hofer will help conduct the orchestra during rehearsals and will likely pick up an instrument and join in for the production. Digital arts teacher Jeff Marzec will have students working on logos and design for the programs, shirts, posters and more. The MHS Student Council also offered to hang signs in all school sites to publicize the auditions.
There's also an opportunity for local businesses to make the production a success by taking out an ad in the program. Funds from the ad will be used to purchase materials for costumes, paint, wood and other building materials. Farnham hopes to raise $6,000 or more for the show. Download this form to purchase an ad.
"The spring musical is an enormous production that gives all ages a chance to explore the arts. I have no doubt, the event will be life-changing for some of the students who take part," Farnham said. "Our production of "Annie" promises to be one of the best we've ever had due to the efforts and abilities by students and staff from across the district. Plan for lots of surprises and cuteness!"