Plenty of Talent in “The Secret Garden” of South High
July 8th, 2013
Omaha, NE — A well-kept secret musical theatre program takes center stage this weekend at South High Magnet School. Hereâ€™s Ben Rasmussen with the details.
Every summer the Omaha Public Schools produce a summer musical. This yearâ€™s production is â€œThe Secret Garden.â€ All OPS students, from grade 3 to graduating seniors, can participate, and over twenty schools in the district are represented. The show gives students across the district a chance to meet and form friendships with other students from across the city. Colin Brown, the showâ€™s producer and director, says that this year he took the unusual step to double cast several roles, including the two leads.
â€œThis year we had four really exceptional young singers,â€ said Brown. â€œTwo Marys that are double cast, Lilly Weak and Regan Wickstrom – and we just couldnâ€™t decide. We wanted them both to have this opportunity and theyâ€™ve been awesome together. Basically, theyâ€™ve been alternating performances.â€
Wickstrom says that a good working relationship makes a shared role go smoothly.
â€œItâ€™s actually working out very well. We rotate scenes whenever weâ€™re practicing, and it helps a lot that weâ€™re very good friends,â€ said Wickstrom
Lilly Weak points out that there are many other challenges and rewards.
â€œRegan actually counted, we have 185 lines to memorize and itâ€™s a big challenge, the best part is we get to perform it on stage, which is amazing,â€ said Weak.
Regina Palmer is a graduating senior who plays Martha, a strong supporting role. She works with the younger actors, and her character reflects the relationships she has with the other students.
â€œMartha pretty much tells Mary about the secret garden,â€ said Palmer. â€œShe tells her about her brother Dickon, who also help Mary find the Secret Garden. When Mary is put down by her uncle, Neville, she is the one who tells Mary to hold on, and to keep strong with what sheâ€™s doing, and to keep pushing forward until she can find another solution to the problem.â€
Performances of Omaha Public Schoolsâ€™ summer musical, â€œThe Secret Gardenâ€ are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, at South High Magnet School. For more information, you can call the OPS Music Department at (402) 557-2443.
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