May 17, 2022

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Petal theater, choral departments staff up to current ‘American Splendor: A Musical’

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Immediately after a shortened effectiveness period brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the choral and theater departments at Petal Superior College are teaming up to get learners again on stage with “American Beauty: A Musical,” a dwell clearly show about splendor pageants.

The musical will just take spot at 2 and 7 p.m. Could 8 in the Petal Executing Arts Center, adjacent to the high university.

“With anything going on this yr, the youngsters haven’t been ready to do pretty as a great deal dwell functionality as we generally get to,” claimed Kelly Garner, coach of the Petal Speech, Discussion and Theater Section. “So we imagined this would be a fantastic 12 months for us to kind of be part of forces and do a major exhibit.

“I used to do this with some of the previous administrators, and we assumed this was an possibility to let a bunch of diverse little ones who ordinarily really do not essentially function with each other to join up. They’re all arts young ones, but some are just in theater and some are just in choral, so this will give them a chance to do a genuinely good exhibit alongside one another below at the conclusion of the calendar year.” 

Centered on the ebook by Jack Hiefner with songs and lyrics by Michael Rice, the storyline of “American Natural beauty: A Musical” follows 10 contestants who give attendees a guiding-the-scenes glance at the pageants. The 1st act of Hiefner’s reserve focuses on essential events leading up to the final evening of levels of competition at a splendor pageant, when the next act follows the contestants’ opening parade to the last second of coronation.

“American Elegance: A Musical” also introduces the audience to an array of secondary figures, including backstage mothers, pageant judges, commercial sponsors and flamboyant choreographers. Songs incorporate “I’m in a Pageant!,” “Pageant Moms and Daughters,” “Something’s Gonna Happen” and “Firelies and Shooting Stars.”

The musical will be directed by Garner and assistant choral director Amy Yanes.

“There’s comedy and there is some serious areas, and then there is variety of a plot twist at the finish, so I won’t give that away,” Garner claimed. “But essentially, it’s about young gals in a pageant.”

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on the web at For the reason that of Gov. Tate Reeves’ half-potential orders at venues for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 500 tickets will be readily available to the musical.

“There’s large amount of young children concerned in the exhibit, so we hope we have a truly fantastic turnout,” Garner said. “It’s been a terrific working experience signing up for forces, and Amy has completed and incredible occupation placing it collectively.

“She and I) had been just speaking about it, and it’s been great for us to be able to collaborate. I think it is been a excellent working experience for the children as very well.”

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