They presented the “Changing Minds” script to their drama club officers, who liked it, and it also passed the test of director and adviser Rex Stanforth.
“I like plays that are more than fun,” Stanforth said. “I like when they have something to say. This is a good story that’s told well.”
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: Changing Minds
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 7 and 8; 2:30 p.m. March 9
WHERE: Edison High School; Reservations line: 419-499-4652 ext. 1080
COST: $6.00 adults; $5.00 seniors and students
Stanforth enlisted Jann Graham Glann to assist with music and Pamela Shirtz to choreograph the two larger musical numbers.
Maggie Mangel, one of the students at the conference, is playing Natalie, the smart girl.
A wish is made, and Natalie changes minds with Kyle, a surfer dude, played by Maximillian Wolff.
Mangel said it appears only high schools have done the show so far.
“It was written for small groups, but we expanded the cast to 30 or 40 to have more friends for the main characters in the show and to involve more students from Edison,” Mangel said.
“I love the contemporary genres in the music,” Wolff said. “It’s really upbeat and, I think, the audience can all get into it.”
Castmate Zane Fannin agrees.
“Every single person will find at least one song and one character to relate to,” Fannin said. “Whatever music you like — pop, rock, rap — it should have it. Except country.”
Fannin plays Freddie, a geek who falls for one of the mean girls.
Speaking of mean girls, the meanest girl of all is Ashley, Kyle’s girlfriend, played by Abigail Murray.
“It’s very new and up-to-date,” Murray said. “I think everyone will find something they like, even if they don’t like musicals.”
Stanforth said he’s proud his students are willing to do shows others won’t. “Changing Minds” is all about breaking down barriers and dealing with the current issues of high school. The students must learn to live with each other and put themselves in other people’s shoes.
One student told Stanforth this performance, even though it carries a message, has been fun, particularly after doing shows about the Holocaust and mental illness.
Many of the cast members described the show as “High School Musical” meets “Freaky Friday.”