Children’s Musical Theatre to plans production for 7-12 graders

Heidelberg University’s Community Music School is working to bring more opportunities to area high school and middle school students this year, including a musical theater production.

The high school and middle school musical theater program is in addition to the Children’s Musical Theatre, which is going into its sixth year.

The high school and middle school program is for students in grades 7-12. The program is an auditioned show and has been in the works for the past four years, said Elizabeth Tracy, Community Music School director.

“This is a natural progression from our children’s program,” Tracy said. “We now have the time and resources to do it.”

The program is to present “Into the Woods,” with auditions to begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and performance dates of 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14.

“We have a talented team of directors and designers we will be working with to put this together,” she said.

Along with Tracy, who is to serve as director, Dani and Rachel Hummel-Sass are to assist and Cory and Estelle Lachner are to work on the set, costumes and props.

Tracy said students do not have to have experience.

“This is a great time to try something new or try out a new role,” she said. “The characters in this production are different than your everyday role.”

Tracy said students who are not be able to make the auditions may send in a video of them performing a musical theater song.

Rehearsals are to start Aug. 12. Tracy said not all actors will have to be at each rehearsal. Rehearsals are to be broken up into different scenes and only those actors in those scenes would be required to attend.

This year, the Children’s Musical Theatre is to present “Annie” Dec. 1-2 and “Mulan” May 25-26.

The children’s program is for students are to be in grades 2-8.

Also, the Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Ensemble are to return. The orchestra is to rehearse Saturday mornings and the wind ensemble is to rehearse Sunday evenings.

Tracy said the Community Music School also will partner again with Dance Unlimited for a musical theater course, now with three levels.

To become more familiar with the Community Music School offerings, an open house is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sept. 8 in Brenneman Music Hall. There, guests can hear the school instructors perform and learn more about the school’s programs.

The Community Music School also is to have a showcase at the Seneca County Fair 5:30-7 p.m. Friday in the Entertainment Building. The event is a free concert during which students perform solos, duets and ensembles — particularly the students in the Summer Strings Camp.

For more information, visit the Heidelberg University Community School online at Facebook or contact Tracy at (419) 448-2259 or email