"The trailer is still parked outside," he said. "The kids have had to adjust to having the set. It's been like they're part of a touring production. Most of the time, those actors have to rehearse without a set until a week or two before their tours."
"It's good experience for our students," Kathleen agreed.
And kind of a lucky break for them, too. "A set like this costs 75 to 100 thousand dollars to make," Kris said. "We got it for... a lot less."
Still, it wasn't cheap, but Kris said they raised the funds themselves.
With the set and the costumes, which are rented from New York City, their production looks gorgeous.
Presenting the musical has been in the works for a couple of years, they said.
"We like old-time musicals here," Kris said.
Kathleen added, "But we held off on this show for a while because we needed a lot of tappers. This year, Miss Legg [dance teacher A. Michelle Legg] happened to have a lot of girls who did tap."
The most difficult part of the production, the teachers said, has been managing the collaboration between the arts department's different groups.
Kris said, "Most of the time, all of us are trying to do our own thing, and now coming together to do the musical, it's tough. There's a lot of working out the scheduling."
And the music isn't easy.
Jenks said, "The majority of the students playing in the pit orchestra haven't played anything like this before."
"It's a very difficult score," Kathleen Corbett said.
"Very difficult," Jenks agreed.
Still, Jenks and the Corbetts believe the hard work will pay off. They've got a beautiful set, wonderful costumes and a cast of talented performers.
Now all they need is an audience.
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