Showtime: Two high school musicals set to open this week
by Michelle Babcock
March 19, 2014 04:00 AM | 2222 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Sequoyah High School drama students Brayden Curry, Nick Heaton and Stefan Dayes practice their lines on Tuesday evening during the drama club’s last dress rehearsal of their play ‘You Can’t Take it With You,’ which opens Wednesday.
From left, Sequoyah High School drama students Brayden Curry, Nick Heaton and Stefan Dayes practice their lines on Tuesday evening during the drama club’s last dress rehearsal of their play ‘You Can’t Take it With You,’ which opens Wednesday.
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Sequoyah students Michelle Izo, Haley Harkins and Ashley Rotkowski practice their lines.
Sequoyah students Michelle Izo, Haley Harkins and Ashley Rotkowski practice their lines.
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Two Cherokee County high school musicals premiere this week, and the directors say residents are in for a treat.

Spring musicals at Sequoyah and Etowah high schools open this week, with evening performances scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Etowah High School will perform “Shrek” and Director Erin Coleman said the show is amazing.

“It’s a musical version of the movie. It’s family-friendly, with crazy characters,” she said. “Our leads are all seniors this year, and they have just worked tirelessly. I’m very, very proud of them.”

With a cast of 60, Coleman said the cast is varied, with all sorts of backgrounds and many major roles.

Three of the most well-known characters are Shrek, to be played by senior TJ Brown, a long-time drama student; Fiona, played Jennifer Skalak, a chorus performer who crossed over to drama; and Donkey, played by Brendan Bishop.

Coleman said Bishop had not participated in chorus or drama before, but blew directors away at auditions and earned the part.

“He has a full fur suit, make-up, hooves and everything,” she added about Bishop’s character.

The show is set for performances Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.

Tickets for Shrek are $10 for adults, and $8 for students and children. Etowah High School is located at 6565 Putnam Ford Drive in Woodstock.

Sequoyah High School students will present “You Can’t Take It With You” as their spring musical — a 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning show.

Dress rehearsals were underway Tuesday as the 22 cast members prepared for opening night Thursday, Director Gerald Parker said.

Ian Glober, a junior who has participated in the drama program since his freshman year, will play the role of Grandpa — the patriarch of the family in the play.

The role of Penny will be played by senior Ashley Rutkowski, who is involved in both the drama and chorus programs at Sequoyah.

Buddy Curry, a junior who has been in many other performances at the school, will play the role of Paul.

Parker said the comedy is scheduled for performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and tickets cost $8 for adults, and $5 for students.

Sequoyah High School is at 4485 Hickory Road in Canton.



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