RHS debut musical ‘Godspell’ proceeding; more donations needed

Alexa Gerber (font middle) sang a solo during rehearsale for Godspell in the choir room at RHS. In the first behind her are (from left). Alythia Scully, Eric Peixato, Tolu Ekisola, Allee Schaffer, and Natalie Thoresen. In the back are Jacob Chase, Trenton Wyman, and Jack Fitzgerald. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Rogers High School’s first-ever musical theater piece, “Godspell,” slated for April 7-10, is definitely rolling without any sign of stopping but needs a little more financial help, said producer Terrell Beaudry.

“With only five and a half weeks left of rehearsal, students are in intense rehearsal s ready to make an impact on the community and school district,” said Beaudry. “We are saying, ‘We want this.’”

Beaudry, the choral director for Rogers and Elk River high schools, expressed gratitude for the amount of support provided so far.

“I cannot believe we are at this point,” said Beaudry.

“I am not generally the go-to person to talk about organizing an event of this magnitude.  However, I asked the students what is one thing they feel they are missing in their time here at Rogers High School?  Their response was a musical theater program.”

So, let’s do it, Beaudry decided.

The producer, and continues to knock on every business door.  ISD 728 has not been able to fund any part of this project.

So far Rogers High School students have been able to pay for the rights for “Godspell” from Musical Theater International, purchase all set materials designed by John MacIntyre with generous help from Lowe’s Home Improvement store, permanently install theatrical lighting batons at Rogers Middle School from Norcostco, and among  other expenses coming up have accepted donations from various businesses such as EyeWest Vision Clinic, J&B Wholesale, Maynards, DSI inc., Rogers Dental, Rogers Lions, and many others.  Rogers High School has allowed the use of the space at no charge and Elk River High School let them borrow lighting instruments for the light plot designed by Barney Johnson.

Beaudry is seeking donations from business or individuals, stating that about $10,000 more needs to be raised by the show’s opening on April 7 to pay for every line item on the budget. Please make checks payable to Rogers High School Musical Theater and send them to Rogers High School at 21000 141st Ave, Rogers MN, 55374.

Godspell is part of Hennepin Theatre Trust’s SpotLight Musical Theatre Program.

TICKETS – Shows will be April 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and April 10 at 2 p.m. Call Vicki Sizen at RHS 763-274-3140 or e-mail to [email protected] Signify the show, date, and time you are ordering tickets for in the title of the email.  In the body of the e-mail, state number of tickets needed, date, and time, contact name and phone number, and how you will be paying for your tickets.Tickets are $8 each.


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