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Fridley Middle School students present Musicville
Posted 11/30/2017 05:40PM

Fridley Middle School 5th and 6th grade students are excited to present their musical Musicville, a story about the joy of community and music.

In the musical, while most of the citizens of Musicville love to sing, one evil resident, The Sorcerer of Silence, wants to silence them all. She puts a potion into the water to stop all the voices, and it is left up to Maiden Melody and Radical Rhythm to find the song that will save the town. Along their journey, the duo encounter different musical styles, make new friends and learn the importance of working together to overcome obstacles.

Play director Rachel Cathey said she chose Musicville for this year’s production because there is a wide variety of fun characters that the middle school students can easily relate to.

“I always look for a show with many interesting characters, not just as lead roles, but in the company as well, so that every student actor has a moment in which to shine,” Cathey said. “Actors should feel challenged and included throughout the telling of the story.”

This year, 31 middle school students are participating, along with a half a dozen high school students running technical support. The group has been rehearsing for 8 weeks.

“It’s been such a joy spending time with these students, many of whom are experiencing theatre for the first time,” Cathey said. “It is also a wonderful way to see students in a different light. For some of them, this is the most successful part of their day, and for others, it is a place where they feel safe to truly be who they want to be.”

Cathey said the audience can look forward to experiencing the many different genres of music, from Doo-Wop to Opera to Tango. She added that the musical is also an adventure story and will feature many settings and characters of different lands as the main troupe travels onward.

“Finally, there is a funny play on words with one of the protagonist characters near the end of the show that fans of the Wizard of Oz will appreciate,” Cathey said.

Musicville is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. Performances will be held Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m. at the Fridley High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.



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