Rogers City plays host this week to the world premier of a new youth musical. "Curtain Call: The Musical" by playwright Maggie Gautier opened Thursday at the Rogers City Theater and continues through Sunday.
The show is the story of students and their teachers who come together to stage a play. This family-friendly fare starts with auditions and ends with opening night. The audience follows the cast as they experience the triumphs and trials of putting on a play.
This is the second youth musical penned by Gautier. She also has written many other plays and one-woman shows.
Appearing in “Curtain Call: The Musical” are, in the front row, Peggy White, Hayden Hentkowski, Andrew Bruski and Jadyn Hanson; second row, Trenton McCormack, Chloe Hentkowski, Madison Tulgetska, Izabelle Laughran, Angelee Piechan, Margaret Bastian and Nicolai Patuszak; third row, Linnea Hentkowski, Mikaela Bannon, Salena Heidemann, Ashley Bunton, Chloe Schultz, Elaina Madison, Ashley Nowicki and Mackenzie Bruning; and fourth row, Kristin Hayden, Jacob Bruski, Carlee Selke, Elle Bredow, Erica Jumper, Baylee Lijewski, Emmalynn Riddle and Mataya Hanson. Not pictured is Aaron Smith.
A few highlights include "A Little More of Me," which explores the thoughts that go through an actor's mind as they prepare to audition; "Sometimes," which explores the changes the characters are going through as they wait to find out who got what roles; the excitement of finding out who they'll play in "I Got a Line;" the disappointment of not landing an anticipated role in "A Part to Play;" taking chances in "Willingness for Silliness;" the need for cooperation in "I Alone Can Do It;" and the culmination of their efforts in "One Thing Leads to Another."
The cast includes (in order of appearance): Linnea Hentkowski as Molly, Chloe Schultz as Margie, Elle Bredow as Morgan, Kristin Hayden as Kat, Hayden Hentkowski as Rob, Baylee Lijewski as Mary, Margaret Bastian as Sophia, Aaron Smith as Andrew, Andrew Bruski as Chris, Emalynn Riddle as Kylee, Jacob Bruski as Stitch, Erica Jumper as Becky, Madison Tulgetska as Susan, Mckenzie Bruning as Rylie, Ashley Nowicki as Mrs. Collins, Elaina Madison as Miss Natalie, Mikaela Bannon as Miss Mathews, Salena Heidemann as Miss Albertson, Mataya Hanson as Sarah, Angelee Piechan as Krista, Nicolai Pastuszak as Dennis, Ashley Bunton as Ashley, Izabelle Laughran as Amy, Chloe Hentkowski as Katie, Peggy White as Ann, Muriel Garms as Suzanne, Jadyn Hanson as Maureen, Carlee Selke as Pat, and Trenton McCormack as Toby.
The crew includes Gautier as director, with technical assistance from Donna Klein, director; Theresa Gibson, assistant director; Mike Marx and Karl Heidemann, lighting design; Bill Hanson, sound design; Bob Starnes IV, light tech; Andrea Madison, tech; Mary Chapp, property master; and Amy Schultz, costume assistance. Many other volunteers also came together to make this play a reality.
Curtain times for "Curtain Call: The Musical" rare 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students.
The tickets are available in advance at the Presque Isle Newspapers office, The Painted Lady, Chamber of Commerce, Costumery and the box office. Tickets are also available at the box office one hour before show time.
Rogers City Theater is located at 257 N. Third. For more information about the show, call 734-3861.