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March 6, 2011
By Fritz Busch

Despite Old Man Winter refusing to go away much this season, New Ulm High School 7th and 8th graders present "Wannabes!" next weekend.

"The cast had to work extra hard due to losing so much time this winter," Director Wendy Tuttle said.

"This is really a great cast. They have been very dedicated to making this show a delight for all. Let's hope there is no more snow," Tuttle added.

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Staff photo by Steve Muscatello

The cast

In the production, girls aching to make it on stage, are given the opportunity to be in an action movie, she said.

"It's fun to watch them practice their kicking, grunting and 'hi-yaing' to be ready to audition," Tuttle said.

She said the production will be enjoyed by most age groups.

Fact Box

New Ulm High School 7th and 8th graders present 'Wannabes!'

at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 11-12 and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 13 in the District 88 Administrative Center (former middle school) Auditorium.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students

The production is about Camp Thertrix, a summer, all-girls drama camp for serious acting students, priding itself on more than 50 years of accepting only understudies into its program.

The camp gives "wannabe" actresses who spend most of their time actually waiting in the wings - wishing and hoping to be onstage - real stage time and real roles.

The summer goes fine until the world's leading movie producer, Soren Antonson (Ben Rieke), unexpectedly shows up, announcing his decision to make the biggest action movie to date on location at Camp Theatrix.

Plus he'll cast all the camp's students in the movie.

Students said they enjoyed enriching friendships with their fellow students on stage, in the wings, and hanging out with them when they aren't rehearsing.

"It's fun working with all my friends in the cast on and off stage. I enjoy stunt moves the most," said Eva Kunerth.

Emma Vranich said the cast is really close on and off stage, often spending time together doing other things.

"We really get along well," she added.

Tuttle cited student directors Leslie Wiltscheck, Marissa Johnson, Tom Maidl and Jenna Britz as "busy kids with a wealth of talent they shared with the cast."

She acknowledged volunteers Barb Oberle and Carolyn Todd for their costume work.

Plus the set.

"Sheldon (Rieke) came up with a clever set expressing the run down stage it takes place on," Tuttle said.



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