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Published: Friday, 5/31/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Eighth graders at Timberstone put together 'Flapper' theater production

BY SAM GANS
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Abigail Stoffel, 14, center, sings with her cast members during the eighth grade production of "The Flapper." Abigail Stoffel, 14, center, sings with her cast members during the eighth grade production of "The Flapper."
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Thirty eighth-graders in a musical theater class at Timberstone Junior High School performed Flapper on Thursday evening, a musical set in the 1920s that features a young lady about to turn 18 who attempts to prevent villains from stealing a diamond necklace she receives from her rich aunt.     

Jennifer Reihing, teacher of the course at the Sylvania school, said the musical was written specifically for junior high-aged students, not adapted from a Broadway production. She said the performance was the result of practicing smaller assignments throughout the year, which prepared the students for a large musical.

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"We do stage performances, we do a monologue, and then we do short skits, so that we work into doing the longer productions," she said.

The 90-minute musical, which consisted of solos and company numbers, was selected in late February, Ms. Reihing said. Flapper was one of two full-length productions the class performed during the school year.

Students had to audition for the course, which meets daily for 42 minutes. In addition to performing, the class also studied Broadway musicals and stage direction, researched costumes based on time period, applied stage makeup, and learned from older students more experienced in theater.

"We went to Southview -- which is the high school these students will move on to -- this spring to watch their musical," Ms. Reihing said. "Some of my students who are interested in sound and lighting took a tour of the sound booth so they would have a good idea what they would be getting into next year."

Contact Sam Gans at: sgans@theblade.com or 419-724-6516.



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