Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fame! the Musical Set to Open This Friday


“We had the right crowd last night,” Professor Edmon Thomas said to his cast members. They were gathered backstage before rehearsal to go over some details and to be encouraged. The crowd that Thomas spoke of was a small group of theater-goers who didn’t get the memo that the show had been delayed a week. They were instead invited to stay and watch the rehearsals. “They loved it. They said it was like watching a show within a show,” said Thomas, who is directing this year’s production of “Fame!” the musical.

“Musicals take more time and work to put together than plays do,” explained Sheridan Hitchcox, who plays Serena Katz in the production. The cast is confident, however, that they will be ready with a great production come show time.

“I’m excited. It’s going to be a great show,” said assistant director and Vol State Theater instructor Jack Yatsko. Yatsko will also be playing the role of music teacher Mr. Sheinkopf in the performance.

“Fame!” is set in an elite performing arts high school and follows the stories of several students, from their freshman year to graduation. “You’ll see each of these characters evolve through graduation,” said Hitchcox. “[The musical] tackles tough subjects like drug abuse, learning disabilities, and racial issues.”

“Fame!” will be performed in Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall, at the Gallatin Vol State Campus. Show times are Friday, March 31 at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 1 at 7:30pm, and a Sunday, April 2 matinĂ©e at 2:30pm. Tickets are $5 at the door or free with a Vol State Student ID.

Gaynell Buffinet Payne is a writer, single mother, and student at Volunteer State Community College. She also blogs for Vol State's Returning Adult Learners.

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