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Glenwood Springs Middle School presents first musical in 10 years

Submitted Photo/Suzie Romig, RFSDGlenwood Springs Middle School students sing about pieces of eight during a rehearsal for the musical adaptation of "Treasure Island" to be presented free for the community at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the high school auditorium.
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For the first time in a decade, Glenwood Springs Middle School thespians are feeling the music.

The school presents a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island” for two free performances at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. The one-hour shows feature nearly 70 students, many of whom are double-cast for maximum student participation. Katie Robinson, Roaring Fork School District substitute teacher and choir volunteer, provides piano accompaniment during the shows.

“This is the first musical for the middle school in 10 years, and the community is encouraged to attend to support the young thespians and singers,” said Tyson Repke, GSMS director of vocal music, in a press statement. “The cast is made up entirely of GSMS students. This production is taking the place of our final choir concert … all choir members are involved in some fashion. However, there are several students who are not choir members who are also involved.”



Repke said in the play, a young man named Jim Hawkins receives a map leading to buried treasure, seeking it out with the town squire, a sea captain and a doctor. The group encounters Long John Silver, a pirate posing as a cook onboard Jim’s ship who is also looking for treasure. After Long John Silver kidnaps Jim, his friends attempt a rescue and discover a tribe of island natives who fight the pirates.

“It is written specifically as a middle-school musical, which is ideal because the music is written in a style and range best suited for developing voices,” Repke said. “Since we have far more girls than boys in this production, some of the girls have elected to play what the opera world refers to as ‘pants roles,’ where girls or women portray boys on stage. In fact, one of the students playing Jim Hawkins is actually a girl.”



There is no cost for admission to the “Treasure Island” performances.

“The students went into the community and sought out sponsors … local businesses and individuals have donated over $1,700 to our choral program in the name of this show,” Repke said. “Donations will be accepted at the door and we will have a bake sale there as well. All funds collected above and beyond our expenses for the show will be placed into the GSMS choral activity account and used for the purchase of sheet music, classroom equipment and supplies, music tech lab stations, Orff instruments, and future productions.”

“Treasure Island” is presented as part of the 17th Annual All Glenwood Springs Kids Fine Arts Celebration taking place today through Thursday, at GSHS. The event includes a juried art show, “Treasure Island,” “One Act Festival” from the GSHS drama department, a GSHS choir concert, and a show by the GSHS and GSMS sixth-grade bands as a finale.

For questions about the play or the GSMS music program, call Repke at 384-5521.

Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518

aclark@postindependent.com

– Who: Glenwood Springs Middle School drama and choir students

– What: “Treasure Island”

– When: 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

– Where: Glenwood Springs High School auditorium

– How much: free

– Information: 384-5521

– Who: Glenwood Springs High School drama department

– What: “One Act Festival”

– When: 7-9:30 p.m. today and Saturday

– Where: GSHS auditorium

– Information: 384-5555


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