Approximately 65 local students performed The Music Man, Jr. on Saturday as the culmination of the fourth annual Summer Youth Drama Camp presented by the Russellville Arts Council.
The show was presented twice in Russellville High School’s deGraffenried Auditorium and audiences got to see the talented group of youngsters take them back to River City, Iowa.
“I was very pleased with how it turned out - especially Saturday night,” said director Larry Vaught. “Our cast took it up about three notches for that final show. They really did a great job executing the production and our high school student really were great leaders for our younger cast.”
The 65 students all took part in the production in one way or another - many of whom were performing on stage for the first time ever.
“It’s about equal to what we had last year, but about half those were new talents,” Vaught said. “Many of the kids that had participated in the past were doing other things, so it was good to get that new talent up on stage.”
Vaught had plenty of help in producing the musical.
Some of the staff included music director Elaine Blythe, choreographer Kimberly Moberly, costume mistress Zoe Pierce, props mistress Tera Ragland, sound design Eddie Brooks, lighting design and set construction Brian Brown, artistic design Stacy Crossley, scenic design Sydney Herndon, costume creators Iris Perez, Susan Brown and Cinday Parker, stage manager Troy Adams and producer Darlene Gooch.
“To do something like this - it’s not a one man show,” Vaught said. “We had a whole network of professionals and caring parents that helped to make it happen. We had many parents really that really stepped up to help supervise, provide food and encourage our young actors.”
Vaught said he also wanted to thank all the businesses and individuals who made donations of finances, food and services.
“We appreciate all of them,” Vaught said. “And the Russellville Arts Council is looking forward to serving the community in the coming months by bringing back the Caveman Chorus, a chamber orchestra and producing a murder mystery supper in October.”