More than 50 students from all four county high schools are putting the finishing touches on a very interesting project: Making it rain. The rain however will be happening on the stage of Struthers Library Theatre!
"Singin' In the Rain," Warren County School District's 12th All-County Musical, takes to the stage on April 4, 5 and 6 with performances at 7:30 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Audiences will not be disappointed with this year's production. The highlight of the show will be 28 high school students singing and dancing with yellow rain coats and umbrellas in the rain. The cast is accompanied by a full pit orchestra made up of 25 high school students, teachers, and local adult musicians.
Making it rain on the Library Theatre stage has been no small undertaking. Hours have been put into set design and construction for the rain set, plumbing, hanging, draining, and testing of the rain system, taking the proper precautions to protect historic drops, new curtains, the stage, the sound equipment, the lights, and the pit.
Kenny Anderson sings “Beautiful Girl” surrounding by his Dancing Girls.
The only thing director Jennifer Koebley is not worried about is the cast. "They are excited to get wet and be allowed to jump, splash, twirl, tap dance, and sing in the rain," she said. "We have put a lot of time into the two scenes where you will see it rain. That is what the show is known for and if we didn't do it, well, if we couldn't have done it, we wouldn't have chosen 'Singin' In the Rain'." Koebley said.
The number of people that help on a project of this size is amazing! Jennifer Dilks, production manager explained how thankful the production team has been for so many local businesses. "We couldn't have done this without the help of United Refining Company, who has graciously provided us with the space to build and paint our set." Other businesses that have made generous donations of materials, props and time are Ring Around the Rosy, Walmart, Superior Tire, Upholstery by Karen Blair, Oneida Ace Hardware and Cobb's Wallpaper and Paint. Many other business have supported the production by purchasing ads in the program, hanging posters in their windows, or just spreading the word around. "It really makes you appreciate living in a small town," Dilks said. "Almost every time we ask for help, we get it. The people and businesses of this community are really amazing!"
"Singin' in the Rain" will be performed at the Struthers Library Theatre on April 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Tickets are on sale now at the theater box office from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the door each night of the production. Price of tickets is $11 for students and seniors and $13 for adults.
You don't want to miss this year's all-county musical "Singin' in the Rain!"