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TBMS students stage musical

Twin Bluff Middle School students will perform rhythm-satisfying scores when they present the musical "Once on This Island" this weekend.

As the cast puts the final touches on the play after six weeks of continuous rehearsals, the energy emitting from their eager personalities fills the aged auditorium.

"The show is really exciting," seventh-grader Jolie Crandell said. "There is never a dull moment for the audience."

The play is based on the story of TiMoune, a peasant girl who falls in love with a young wealth-born Daniel. When Daniel returns to his people, the gods who rule the island guide TiMoune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

More than 20 students will be dancing, clapping, laughing, singing and putting their best foot forward to the heavily chorally vocalized musical oozing with tap-toe inducing ballads. As the young theatrics prepare for the curtain call some anxiously await their debut performances.

"I can't wait to perform in front of my family and friends," said seventh-grader Brittany Westerberg, whose first stage performance will draw in support from family up to two hours out of town.

As directors Julie Martin and Helene Olson-Reed put the kids to work, stage crew hand and seventh-grader Courtney Breiger watched the rehearsal for last minute changes.

"It has been a lot of fun," said Breiger, who points out the palm trees her and crew mates created. With one show under her belt, her experience has taught her to "pay attention when it is your job and know your role."

The show is sure to be filled with excitement, enthusiasm and energy and, in the word of the cast member Madelyn Hardyman, "you will leave humming to the tunes."

The details:

What: Twin Bluff Middle School musical "Once on This Island"

When: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: 2120 Twin Bluff Road

Cost: Free; donations encouraged toward auditorium sound system.

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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