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January 3, 2013

Pupils rehearse for 'Aida'

Performances set at West Noble Jan. 18, 19 and 20.

LIGONIER — The West Noble High School theater troupe, Theatre33, has been working on the winter musical “Aida” by Elton John and Tim Rice.  

“Aida” is set to be performed Jan. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. as well as Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. This contemporary-rock musical is based on an opera and children’s story.  Tickets are $6  for adults and student tickets are $5.

As the show opens, a statue of Amneris, a female Pharaoh, comes to life and “transports” the audience to ancient Egypt, where viewers find a variety of character struggling with expectations and obligations, with dreams and fears, with passion and greed, as well as loyalty and love.

Radames, played by senior River Denman, longs for adventure and conquest. However, his father, Noser, played by junior Skylar Denman, has other plans.  Noser has an elaborate scheme to marry his son, Radames, to Amneris, played by sophomore Amber Wilkins.  Amnernis’ father, the Pharaoh, played by senior Nelson Luehrs, has mysteriously fallen ill.  

It is a race against time to get Radames married to the princess before her father dies, before Radames falls in love with Aida and before Noser’s plan is discovered.

“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.   

“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 10 theater productions of the year.

Cliff Schwartz and Amy Dreibelbis are the directors, joined by new music director and dance coordinator Megan Murphy.

For more information or photos, see the Theatre33 website: https://sites.google.com/site/t33westnoble/home.

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