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PHS theater programs keep busy getting ready for 2020

Kristian Reeb

With the 2018-2019 school year fall and spring shows all said and done, there is less to look forward to for the Petoskey High School Performing Arts Program. However, there is much more in development for the 2019-2020 school year already in the works. Both the fall show and spring show have been decided and both are productions that have never graced the stage of the Petoskey High School Auditorium before. First, the fall show is “A Night at The Circus,” a variety show orchestrated by Director, Tracy Thomson, which is a compilation of many showstoppers from numerous hit broadway shows and movies revolving around the circus, carnivals, and fairs. On the subject of the upcoming shows Tracy said, “I’m really looking forward to next year’s fall show, “A Night at the the Circus,” and spring musical Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast is a Disney Classic that I grew up with. With songs that everyone knows. “A Night at the Circus” will feature songs from from Dumbo, Pippin, and The Greatest Showman.

Putting these shows together is such a highlight of my year and I’m always blown away with the amount of talent that PHS has to offer. The fall show will debut in early November for all of the surrounding area to watch and enjoy. The Spring Musical has also been announced for the 2020 season and as Mr. Thomson said, it will be Beauty and The Beast. The well-known story of a beautiful, but odd, village girl who falls in love with a prince who was turned into a hideous creature due to his vanity will be shown next March at the Petoskey High School. The Disney classic will take center stage with Julie Saunders under the helm as Director. This will be her 25th year directing the spring musicals. When asked about next year’s show outlook she said, “I’m always excited to learn new shows. I haven’t done either one before so it will be a learning experience for me too. I’m especially looking forward to costuming Beauty and the Beast.” With all of the upcoming performances, the Petoskey High School theater students are looking towards a busy fall and winter in preparation for these shows.

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