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St. Norbert College Music Department Launches Next Stage Theatre Program

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From St. Norbert College, April 9, 2015
by Erich Wegenke,, 920-403-3089

In the summer of 2015, the St. Norbert College music department will launch Next Stage, its new summer music theatre program for high school students. Actors, singers, dancers, orchestra members and backstage crew members from area high schools are invited to audition for Next Stage's inaugural production, George Gershwin's "Crazy for You." The musical will be performed on the Walter Theatre stage of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on the St. Norbert College campus, from August 13-16. Participation in the program is at no cost, and is open to all area high school students.

"Crazy for You" is a boy-meets-girl tale set in the American West in the 1930s. Filled with dancing, memorable songs and comic dialogue, the high-energy show includes musical highlights such as "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." The production will be directed by former Notre Dame Academy choral director Teresa Schmidt. St. Norbert College music faculty members Michael Rosewall (pit orchestra and vocals) and Sarah Parks (acting adviser) will also help bring the show to life. Andrea Hearden, a Notre Dame Academy faculty member, will choreograph the show.

Audition dates for the production are May 30 and 31 for the orchestra, and June 1 and 2 for actors, singers and dancers. Callbacks will be held on June 3. All auditions will take place at Dudley Birder Hall, which is located at 400 Grant Street in De Pere. Volunteer opportunities are also available, for those who wish to assist with aspects of the production such as costumes, house management, lighting, hair and makeup, production management, props, running, set-building and painting, sound, and ushering.

Rehearsals for the production will begin in June of 2015. Daily afternoon rehearsals begin on July 6, and evening rehearsals begin in August. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

For more information on the Next Stage program, contact Teresa Schmidt by phone at 920-639-9372 or by email at, or visit

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