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Musical Aida: ‘A very moving story’

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The Nubian slaves beg for help from their princess, Aida.

The Nubian slaves beg for help from their princess, Aida.

Nicole Lundahl

Nicole Lundahl

The Nubian slaves beg for help from their princess, Aida.

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Aida and Radmes argue during this scene of this year’s spring musical, Aida

Forbidden love between an enslaved Nubian princess named Aida and an Egyptian Captain, Radames, sets the stage for this year’s spring musical. This timeless modern concept that takes the audience back to Ancient Egypt is what the director says makes the play sensational.

Aida will run four performances in the Webster Thomas High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 6, April 7, and April 8. The matinee on Saturday is at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for the play are $12 per person. Tickets will start selling in mid-February during school lunches and will also be available online at   websterthomasplayers.com.  Playgoers can also purchase tickets at Hegedorn’s Market, 964 Ridge Road, Webster (671-4450). Tickets are also being sold at the door.

Originally written as an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Aida is a daring, suspenseful show that captures the audience through its enchanting music. The drama department chose to perform the Broadway version, which has complex numbers by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice.

With gospel tunes such as “The Gods Love Nubia” and love ballads such as “Written In The Stars,” Aida is full of captivating scenes.  This musical is “very dramatic,” says Mrs. Brenda Nitsch, the director of Aida.  Although it comes with challenges, “I love a challenge,” Mrs. Nitsch says.

A crew of over 100 dancers, singers, actors, stage crew, artists, and pit orchestra all work together to build community and become part of “a very moving story,” she says.  The result is a truly “community event,” one in which “students learn to be a part of a picture that’s bigger than them.”

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  1. MARYANNE DECK on March 28th, 2017 11:57 am

    AIDA is one on my list of favorite musicals….my Mom had taken me when I was real young to see Verdi’s opera AIDA. It was in Italian and I did not understand Italian, but you didn’t have to to be able to totally enjoy the music!! And that music and the love of it has stayed with me all these years.

    I have seen this show done by as many of our High Schools and Community theatres as I have been able to attend. And I have never been disappointed in a performance to date. But now, you have CJ Garber as Radames, and I have been following CJ since middle school! HE does NOT disappoint!! This will be my first Webster Thomas Show to see.

    So I cannot begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to seeing this production. I know right now it will be fantastic and so I will be coming for two different performances so I can soak up as much of it as I can, while I can!! Please give the cast and all- my best regards and wishes that they ‘BREAK A LEG!” many times over!!

    Be seeing you next wk!! (on Friday and Sat evening..can’t make Thurs or I would be there for opening nite for sure!)
    Mary Anne (Deck)

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