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Presented by Capital High School theater department
WHERE: Capital High School Performing Arts Center, 1500 Greenbrier St.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
TICKETS: Adults $10, students $8
INFO: 304-348-6500CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With only a few days to go before Capital High School opens its production of "42nd Street," you'd expect nerves to be running a bit high.
For some of the younger students in the arts department, this might be only their first or second time on stage, and "42nd Street" is big. It's full of costumes and has an elaborate (and expensive) set, plus big dance numbers, singing and comedy.
None of this is easy, and a large scale musical like "42nd Street" would be a challenge for almost any small community theater troupe to take on, let alone a high school theater department. So it should be no surprise that when the question comes up, "Will everything be ready in time for opening night?" there's a long pause, followed by a burst of nervous laughter.
"It will be," Kathleen Corbett said. "But we're still in rehearsals."
Bobby Jenks said, "We've still got a few kinks to work out, but I think it will be a good production."
Kris Corbett added, "I'm comfortable that the show will turn out just fine."
Kathleen Corbett is the Fine Arts department chair. Kris Corbett teaches drama and Jenks teaches music and band. But no matter how many times they've helped shepherd one of these big musicals from start to finish, it really never gets easier. Some years, like this year, the task is massive.
"42nd Street" is a cherished and celebrated musical. It was first released as a film in 1933 and featured choreography by the legendary Busby Berkeley. In 1980, it was made into a Broadway musical that included old Hollywood numbers like "We're in the Money" and "Lullaby of Broadway."
It's a big glitzy production -- almost too glitzy to be attempted on the typical shoestring budget of most small theater groups.
"It was a big undertaking technically," explained Kris, who serves as co-director and technical director for the production. "We only got the set last week."
The set was rented from the touring production of the show. It arrived in the back of a semi truck.