By Allison Makula
After five years of doing one show and one musical, Justin Amann, the theater director at Freedom High School, decided to do two musicals instead of one. The two musicals are Schoolhouse Rock Live, and Beauty and the Beast.
Schoolhouse Rock Live tells the story of a man named Tom, who is an elementary school teacher, nervous about his first day of teaching, when all of a sudden five people from the show Schoolhouse Rock jump out of the TV to show Tom he can do it while singing and dancing. And everyone knows the well-loved story of Belle and how she met and fell in love with the cursed prince.
FHS Theater Director Justin Amann says he chose two musicals because of the "strong core of students that would be successful and appropriately featured [with] their incredible singing and dancing abilities."
Tiahnna Dalpezzo, who is the Freedom High School Theater Company president, says, “I think that doing two musicals this year is a new, yet beneficial experience. Doing two musicals for our shows will help bring in a bigger audience and will show off all the talent that our Freedom theater program has to offer. I also think doing a musical in the fall will give people who are new to the company a taste for what is in store for the spring musical.” One of Tiahnna’s favorite parts about FHSTC is the music. She says “Musical theater songs are just super catchy, so you can’t help but sing along.” She is also hoping to do this in the future.
Abby Shapiro, stage manager, says, “I think that doing two musicals is a good thing because it showcases all of the potential we have as a cast and crew. Doing two musicals is ambitious but I feel I can speak for most if not all of us when I say we are prepared to take this on.” She also says that she thinks Mr. Amann will do this again in the future. One of Abby’s favorite parts of the theater is being on the stage crew. She says “My favorite part about being in the crew is that everyone gets into the show. Especially with musicals, it is an exciting time and everyone does their part to make the show the best it can be. With musicals, the crew sometimes interacts with the cast more often, which is important because we all are working towards the same goal: an excellent show.”
Both of these shows should not be missed. To buy tickets ($12) for Schoolhouse Rock Live, on sale now, go to showtix4u.com/events/FHSTC or call (610) 867-5843 ext. 80857 and leave an order via voicemail.