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Wilson Jr. Musical Theater presents 'Fame: The Musical'

July 18, 2014

By Tetona Dunlap, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho

July 18--RUPERT -- Think leg warmers, side ponytails and acid washed jeans, in this return to 1984 New York City.

Students of Wilson Jr. Musical Theater will stage "Fame: The Musical" at

7 p.m. Wednesday through July 26 and July 28 at the Historic Wilson Theatre, 610 Fremont Ave., in Rupert. Tickets are $10 and are available at Welch Music in Burley, the Wilson Theatre box office and The Bookstore in Rupert.

"Fame: The Musical" is based on the 1980 musical film Fame, which follows students at the New York City'sHigh School of Performing Arts.

Kelli McBride and Carrie Churba are co-directors of the musical, which features a cast of 32 between the ages of 12-18.

This will be the second show presented by Wilson Jr. Musical Theater, which is also in its second year. Todd Wilson, 15, a sophomore at Minico High School said it was his second year with the group.

"I just loved the experience. Everyone is super talented," he said.

McBride said they are not only trying to create a program that will endure, but also want to promote the Historic Wilson Theatre as a place to see quality entertainment.

"These kids are incredibly talented. We're just trying to create something that will live on similar to JuMP Company in Twin Falls," she said.

Churba described the musical as a high-energy show with a lot of singing and dancing. Many of the cast members are also involved with school choirs and theater groups.

"I think what's fun about the show is that the kids are performers in their real lives," Churba said.

Alysha Hansen, 15, a sophomore at Minico High School, plays the part of "Carmen Diaz."

Alysha said her character is someone who wants instant fame without putting in the hard work.

This is the first time Alysha has been involved with Wilson Jr. Musical Theater. She said the experience has been a good way to keep teenagers, who love theater, busy during the summer.

"It's fun and engaging," she said. "At first, I didn't know anyone. Now we are all friends."

Caleb Lofgran, 18, a senior at Minico High School plays "Nick Olas Piazza." Lofgran said he moved to Rupert a year ago and was pleased to find out there was a summer theater program.

"There's usually not plays in the summer. It gives everyone something to do," he said. "It's just a fun play. It's not like 'Les Mis' where it will make you cry. It's a fun Saturday night play to go to."


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