Students from every corner of the county are ready to sing, dance and dribble this week as members of the East High School student body.
Dozens of fifth through eighth graders, representing every school district in Logan County, along with Calvary Christian, Kenton, Urbana and home school students will present Disney’s High School Musical, Jr. at The Holland Theatre in downtown Bellefontaine Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
Head director Kim Kellogg-Martin says this group of dedicated young people has practiced several nights a week since November to bring this show to the community.
“I tell the children, when you have gifts you should share those gifts with the community. And what they are doing is creating a beautiful piece of art,” Kellogg-Martin explains. “It takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of patience. And when they hit the mark, they really touch people’s lives.”
Kellogg-Martin is especially proud that the lead characters come from all corners of Logan County with Corbin Baker (Ryan Evans) representing Bellefontaine Middle School, Brooke Horner (Sharpay Evans) from Benjamin Logan Middle School, Regan Ross (Gabriella Montez) from Indian Lake Middle School and Andrew Kimball (Troy Bolton) representing West Liberty-Salem Schools.
The total of 48 cast members are led by a team of directors including Kellogg-Martin, Linda MacGillivray, Suzanne Dennis and Laura Atwood from Windmill Productions.
Kellogg-Martin says by being part of this show, the students are learning theater and much more.
“We teach them life skills. We talk about the fact that we have to support one another. We don’t allow any fighting. And the most amazing thing they’ve learned this year is how to get by without their cell phones, because they know they’re not allowed to have them on stage!”
After the success of last year’s Lion King, Jr., which set a record for the most people in attendance ever at a Holland Theatre event, Kellogg-Martin says there’s a lot of anticipation and excitement for this show.
“We encourage first timers to come to the show and be transported away for an hour and ten minutes. The Holland Theatre is a community gem!”
Disney’s High School Musical, Jr. will take the stage Friday, February 9th at 7:30 pm, Saturday, February 10th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 11th at 2 pm. Tickets are available at www.thehollandtheatre.org.
Submitted on behalf of the Holland Theatre.