It's already time for a "spring" musical at Veronica Connor Middle School.
Seventy students at the school will present "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." Oct. 11, 12 and 13 next week.
This year's musical is about five months earlier than last year, but demand for use of the Grand Island High School auditorium prompted a change in schedule.
"This way we can set up here for weeks and we can be the only group in here," said Andrew Boron, who directs the show with Sarah Russo. Rehearsals for last year's show were sandwiched in between rehearsals for the high school musical, music department concerts, and the Corporate Bowl. Though the production last year was spread out over 10 weeks, this year's production began just five weeks ago.
"They've done a great job getting the show ready in the short amount of time," Boron said.
"I've been very impressed with how well they've put everything together," Russo said. "They've been wonderful."
Russo said the musical is based on the "Flat Stanley" children's book series by Jeff Brown. Stanley(played by Sam Sommer) makes a wish to go on great worldwide adventures. He gets flattened by a bulletin board and turns two-dimensional, allowing him to be mailed to places like Hollywood, Paris and Hawaii.
Boron described the production as "a pop-rock show" that "hits a lot of genres" in music, including country, calypso and Broadway show tunes.
Russo said the musical, like the books, encourages children to go out and explore their world, but Stanley learns also, though, that home is not a bad place to be either.
"The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr."
•Date: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Oct. 11, 12 and 13.
•Show times: 7 p.m.
•Where: Grand Island High School auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road.
•Tickets: $5 or $3 for children under 10.
"The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." is a production of Veronica Connor Middle School, and is directed by Sarah Russo and Andrew Boron.
Stanley: Sam Sommer
Arthur: David Lesinski
Mr. Lambchop: Kevin O'Leary
Mrs. Lambchop: Madeleine HusVar
Caleb: Tim Howard
Jackson: Katie Riederer
Jacob: Natalie Turck
Cousin Sophie: Cora Schuerholz
Bulletin Board: Sarah Swagler
Mrs. Cartero: Marina Wittmann
Doctor Dan: Joe Tamsen
Nurse Betty: Karli Burford
Queen of the Cool Kids: Alexis Kowalak
Hollywood Agent: Kristiana Morell
Assistant: Abby Fay
Samantha: Natalie O'Brien
O. Jay D'Art: Olivia Turck
Mona Lisa: Gracie Tompkins
Napoleon: Jake Tucker
Sneak Thief: Julie Major
Herb Wavecrest: Max Keller
Kiki: Emily Prawel
Assistant Director: Mikayla Claus
Miss Aloha: Cassie Shores
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McKayla Claus, Julia Koprevich, Alex Meinhold, Genna Baldassarre, Alexis Studley, Sarah McMurray
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Brianna Beyer, Madison Davidson, Annaliese DiCarlo, Emily Fred, Mark Giancola, Jenna Gleave, Terri Johnson, Diamond Jones, Elizabeth Koyn, Emily Kurtzhalts, Alex Laschinger, Laura Link, Sierra Maras, Candice Mastykarz, Bridget Neeson, Amber Pelletier, McKenna Prochaska, Olivia Ruiz, Katie Schnabel, Maria Schnettler, Allyson Schoener, Megan Shickluna, Vanessa Shores, Shay Sommer, Michele Sutton, Courtney Wendling, Brienne Westfall, Bryce Wolf, LeeAnn Wright.