The classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical opens Thursday at Armstrong Hall at
Choreographer and dancer Drew is a 2008 graduate of
"You know the most fun part?" says
Another familiar name in the cast is
"It's fun to stretch those muscles," he says. "It's not like I don't sing, I do. I still have done some singing to try and keep in shape, and it makes me feel better to sing. It's kind of like a therapy to me."
The kids in the principal roles won't just be on stage; they'll be on the KCME airwaves, too. Project V is a new endeavor, led by Preston, to get the voices of young local actors on the air. Throughout rehearsals, they'll use recording applications on their phones to document some of their conversations with the director or choreographer or of them practicing the music. Preston will then help them edit the material and make it suitable for five- to eight-minute segments on air.
"We can talk about the activities of our youth in music and theater and arts in this town," Preston says, "and we can always interview them after the fact. But it's more compelling for their peers to hear their work on the air. I don't want to know in advance how their stories are going to turn out. I want to find out what the transformative process of putting a show up is like for them."
The first actor's segment is scheduled to air Sunday during the
Weise remains grateful for the community's support of the conservatory over the past two decades.
"It's been a blink of an eye," she says. "I think it's the way I've asked the community to engage and invest in the students, and I do think of it as an investment, because these kids are growing up so beautifully, and now they're coming back. We've got alumni all over the city now."
Where: Armstrong Hall,
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