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Theatre33's AIDA by Elton John and Tim Rice set for the WNHS stage January 18-20, 2013

December 15, 2012
By Amy Dreibelbis of West Noble High School

West Noble High School's theatre troupe, Theatre33, has been working on blocking the scenes and learning the music for the Winter Musical, AIDA, by Elton John and Tim Rice. AIDA is set to perform January 18-20, 2013. Join us for the contemporary-rock musical based on a well –loved opera and children’s story The show opens in the Egyptian wing of a modern museum, when a man and a woman touring the exhibit catch each other's eyes. A statue of Amneris, a female Pharaoh, comes to life and transports them to ancient Egypt, where Radames, captain of the Egyptian army, and his men are returning from an expedition through the land of Nubia, Egypt's long-time enemy . When his soldiers capture a group of Nubian women, he is captivated by one of the women, Aida (pronounced eye-ee-duh) who is a Nubian Princess. Aida and Radames fall in love despite the obligations and obstacles in their way – especially Radames finance, Amneris, the next in line for the throne. Aida is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s Italian opera which was based on a story written by Auguste Mariette. The musical originated from a children's storybook version of Verdi's opera written by the soprano Leontyne Price. The rights were acquired by Disney studios for a proposed animated feature film. Development on the film was shelved, but the source material evolved into the stage version. Aida premiered on Broadway on March 23, 2000, running for 1,852 performances until September 5, 2004 (34th longest running Broadway musical). The musical also ran from 2002–2003 and from 2006-2007 during two US national tours, and also ran in international productions which performed in 20 different countries, and is still performed in international productions, regional theatres, colleges and high schools. Aida was nominated for five Tony Awards and won four in 2000, including Best Musical Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. Aida was also named by Time Magazine in 2000 as one of the top ten theatre productions of the year. The First National tour was nominated for nine National Broadway Theatre awards (now "Touring Broadway Awards") and won five awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Actor, and Best Actress. The Aida (2000 Original Broadway Cast) Cast recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. A song from Aida, "Written in the Stars" (recorded and sung by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes) reached No.2 in the Billboard US adult contemporary music charts, and No.1 in the Canadian contemporary charts. Make plans to attend this beautiful musical like no other brought to life by our directors Cliff Schwartz, Amy Dreibelbis, and our new music director and dance coordinator Megan Murphy. Join us January 18-20, 2013 at West Noble High School. Cast: AMNERIS: Amber Wilkins RADAMES: River Denman AIDA: Dawn Sheeley MEREB: Duffy Coyle ZOSER: Skylar Denman PHARAOH: Nelson Luehrs NEHEBKA: Lauren Durbin AMONASRO: Alex Alcalá Chorus (listed alphabetically): Ministers, Soldiers, Egyptians, Guards, Nubians, Chic Museum Crowd, Courtiers, and Merchants: Alex Alcalá Eduardo Aranda Marcus Henderson Kody Leitch Nelson Luehrs Carlos Medina Egyptian Women, Nubians, Chic Museum Crowd, Courtiers, Servants, Water Women, and Hand Maidens: Alexis Alcalá Gabbie Brown Sarah Buchanan Sammy Coates Kelsi Davidson Lauren Durbin Ali Garza Tiffany Jaramillo Grace Ness Strongest Suit Quartet: Alexis Alcalá Gabbie Brown Sarah Buchanan Sammy Coates Crew: Music Director: Megan Murphy Director: Cliff Schwartz Assistant Director: Amy Dreibelbis Stage Manager: Sarah Buttgen Assistant Stage Manager: Maria Carrillo House Manager: Ali Garza Hair & Make-up Design/ Costume Captain: Eduardo Aranda Additional Crew: Kaeli Hart Jeanette Hurtado Beth Lee Yari Barrientos Christina Coats Brittany Pyle Derrick Click Alan Luehrs Music Director Megan Murphy Directors Cliff Schwartz and Amy Dreibelbis For more information or photos, see the Theatre33 website: https://sites.google.com/site/t33westnoble/home or contact Amy Dreibelbis at 260-894-3191 X. 3514 or dreibelbisa@westnoble.k12.in.us

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