Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Osage High School’s upcoming musical production is sure to be a toe-tapping good time as the cast presents the rambunctious courting story of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” Thursday and Friday nights at School of the Osage High School’s Cummings Auditorium.
Based off of the film, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” takes audiences back to the 1850’s in the wilderness of Oregon. School of the Osage senior Matt Lehenbauer plays Adam Pontipee, the eldest of seven brothers, who goes to town to get a wife. That same day he convinces Millie, who is played by OHS senior Bre Lindner, to marry him.
Her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides.
Rehearsals began at the end of September, and OHS Speech, Theater, Forensics and Stagecraft teacher Carly Klinginsmith said students have worked very hard on this production and have given up quite a bit of their free time to be a part of it.
“I am proud of their hard work, and am happy to share this with the community,” she added.
With a cast and crew of more than 40 students, this is a past-faced, lively two-act play. Klinginsmith believes the entire show will be a special treat.
“The songs are fun, and we have one big dance number with some very exciting moments, and even a few fight scenes,” she said.
For the production, musical direction is provided by high school choir director Amy Yoder, middle school choir director Claire Huck, Osage Middle School choir assistant Katherine Pemberton and band director Jeff Kile. Choreography is by Klinginsmith. The show will also feature the work of Klinginsmith’s stagecraft class who built the set and helped create the props used in the production. Osage Marketing and advertising teacher Jill Durnin’s sports and entertainment marketing class organized the publicity for the shows, as well.
“It’s really fun to get to work together and bring the things that we do all together,” said Yoder. “It’s a lot of work and a lot of stress on top of everything else, but it’s very rewarding to see all of these different types of students come together.”
Lehenbauer, who is a member of Les Chanteurs, said singing is what he enjoys most about his leading role as Adam. He will perform solo for the opening song “Bless Your Beautiful Hide” and several others, as well.
“I like singing and I’m singing a lot in this one. It’s just a fun cast to be a part of,” Lehenbauer said. “There’s a lot of people and it’s just kind of cool to see everybody work together to make it work.”
The seasoned actor performed a leading role his freshman year when Osage presented musical “Into the Woods.” He was casted as Jack from Jack in the Bean Stalk.
Through the upcoming production, Lehenbauer said his character allows him to act the direct opposite of his everyday personality.
“Adam doesn’t care what people think about him and he does whatever he wants. He makes people mad and he doesn’t care,” Lehenbauer said. “I’m horribly nice but in this I get to be opposite so I’m liking it.”
However, Lindner said she adores that her character Millie is independent and can identify that characteristic with herself.
“I really like that she’s independent and she doesn’t take any guff off all the boys even though it’s the 1850’s. I think that is very cool about her,” Lindner said. “I’ve always been a big advocate of women being independent so that I would identify with myself.”
Lindner, who is also a member of Les Chanteurs, will sing several solos including the popular song “Goin Courtin.’” As her first theatre production, Lindner enjoys most working with all of the cast and crew.
“I’ve never done a musical unless you count the elementary school years,” Lindner said. “This is the first one I’ve tried out for and I really enjoy all of the people. I think everyone is really interesting and really fun to be around.”
Klinginsmith said the show is bursting with rambunctious energy and boisterous family fun. Come watch Millie, the rowdy Pontipee brothers and the cast perform their musical production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brother’s” for the community at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in School of the Osage High School’s Cummings Auditorium.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Also on Thursday, School of the Osage’s National Honor Society will sponsor its 26th Annual Senior Citizens’ Banquet.
The evening will consist of musical performances by the Osage High School Jazz Band, Les Chanteurs, Girls Glee, and the Osage Upper Elementary Choralettes beginning at 5 p.m. The performances will be followed by dinner served at 6 p.m.
All senior citizens that live in the district are invited to the banquet and the musical.
For more information, call the school at 573-348-0115.