Plum students prepare for Seussical musical
Time management is key in Mikayla Ferchaw's busy life.
Ferchaw, 17, a senior at Plum High School, has taken dance classes since she was 3. She also has had vocal training.
Academics also are a priority. Ferchaw has been accepted into the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and has plans to become a biomedical engineer.
For the past three years, Ferchaw has spent the first few months of the year rehearsing for the annual spring musical, and this year is no exception. Ferchaw is in the cast of the Plum High School musical — “Seussical.”
“Seussical” is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty that debuted on Broadway in 2000. It is based on the books of Dr. Seuss. The play's story is a mixture of many of Seuss' most famous books.
Ferchaw is rehearsing for her role as Bird Girl No. 1.
“I love this selection (Seussical),” Ferchaw said. “It's a cute musical and family friendly. I love dancing, singing and acting.”
Director John DeLuce, high school music teacher, said about 100 students are taking part in the musical.
“We look for a show to get as many students involved as possible,” DeLuce said. “This is a fun one.”
“Peter Pan” was the other show considered by the production staff, he said.
Rehearsals started in January. Cast members said they don't mind the time commitment because they enjoy the activity as well as forming friendships throughout the production.
“I've made new friends,” said Logan Smith, 15, a sophomore.
Katie Loebig, 17, a senior, has participated in all four musicals during her high school years. She has the role of Gertrude McFuzz.
“I like the character,” said Loebig who has taken voice and dance lessons since she was a youngster. “She is like me — kinda shy but innocent.”
Loebig, who plans to study elementary education this fall at Slippery Rock University, completes homework in study halls and during her short stints of down time during the day.
Ryan Ginter, in the role of Mr. Mayor, enjoys entertaining.
“I love sharing this with the audience,” said Ginter, 17, a junior.
DeLuce said the final touches are being put on the production, including set painting and final rehearsals.
“It is going great,” DeLuce said. “This is the best cast I have ever worked with.”
Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or email@example.com.
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