WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The scholars of Thomas Extra Prep-Marian are able to take the stage, performing in reminiscence of their musical director, Jim Balthazor.
“He certain would have made a huge impact if he was right here for almost all of rehearsals,” stated faculty pupil Madelyn Seiler.
Director Travis Rizzell says Phantom of the Opera is a stimulating spectacle for highschool youngsters.
“It is a huge present, and it is bold for a faculty our dimension,” stated Rizzell.
Balthazor knew they may do it. He and Rizzell picked the present collectively final spring and held auditions over the summer time.
The plan was to have performances within the fall.
“The primary day of faculty he got here as much as me and stated we needed to begin,” pupil Maggie Baalmaan stated.
However COVID-19 prevented that from occurring, so that they postponed till April.
“Jim and I had been simply stepping into our plan. Then we misplaced it, ”stated Rizzell.
The present should go on, even with out somebody who has performed such an important function of their rehearsals and their lives.
“He was truly the one that introduced me into the theater in eighth grade,” pupil Ben Pfannenstiel stated.
That is why all of them need to put a profitable manufacturing in his reminiscence.
“Getting him to die was very troublesome. We need to do that for him, ”Baalmaan stated.
“He’s all the time there. We’re nonetheless conscious that he must be right here, however he is not, so we’ll do our greatest for him, ”stated Rizzell.
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