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Director says Springfield Middle School students are up for a musical challenge

Eighth-graders to perform 'Disney's Aladdin Jr.'

Eighth-graders to perform 'Disney's Aladdin Jr.'

April 11, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT -- Stephanie Stull has all off the qualities to be a great performing arts teacher -- talent, organizational skills and a great voice.

All three will come in handy when Stull's students present "Disney's Aladdin Jr." at 7 p.m. on April 25 and 26 and May 1 and 2 at Springfield Middle School.

Her eighth-graders are working hard, rehearsing during class and after school to be in top form when the curtain rises.

Stull said class productions on the middle school level are rare. But she said she and her students are up for the challenge.

"I like watching them take the stage and belt out a solo," Stull said. "Many of these kids I didn't even know had artistic talents."

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The students have taken the responsibility for making sets and costumes with help from parents and school staff.

Stull said she visited a fabric store and purchased the material for a sultan's outfit, harem girl costumes and other items needed for the production.

"I picked the patterns and the colors," said Stull, who drew upon her experience performing in church musicals.

Carly Whiteman plays Jasmine in the production.

"I like being on stage. I'm singing and dancing," she said, noting she performed some in elementary school.

Narrator Amber Hahn also has experience from a previous play.

Standing center stage at a recent rehearsal, Stull used her booming voice to direct two dozen performers through one of the musical's routines.

"This is what I have always wanted to do," said Stull, who has been at the school for three years.

At South Hagerstown High School, Stull worked on a production of "Oklahoma." At Ringgold Church of the Brethren, she was part of Hi-Tops, a performing group that is active there.

Stull earned her degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. When she returned to her home county, Stull said she was asked to write a performing arts curriculum for Washington County.

"This class is an elective," Stull said. "This is the first year for it."

Tickets for the play cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

On Saturday, April 26, a spaghetti dinner will be at 5:30 p.m.

In conjunction with Springfield's 30th anniversary celebration, a pancake breakfast will be Saturday, May 3, at 8 a.m.

During the breakfast, the cast will perform selections from the musical.

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