Rogers’ debut musical in hands of theatre veteran Schueneman

by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

For some reason, it was an offer Warren Schueneman could not refuse.

The retired Anoka-Ram-sey Community College professor who’s directed 13 musicals at Elk River Community Theatre was wintering in California when Terrill Beaudry called him.

“Terry said, we’re doing a musical in Rogers, and we’ve got no theatre, and no budget, and no lights. Will you come back and help?

“And I said, OK!”

Warren Schueneman

“Godspell,” the first full-length play of any type to be done by Rogers High School, will be presented  April 7-10 on a makeshift stage with rented lights at the middle school.

But Scheuman pledges that it will be good.

“The kids have been responding real well and every rehearsal they get better and better,” said the director. “People might think it will just be an ordinary high school play but I feel they will be pleasantly surprised. It will be a major production. That’s the way I work.”

Beaudry, the ERHS and Rogers choir director, professional singer and frequent musical director for Schueman at ERCT, took the bold step of producing the play. He explained that many students indicated to him that a musical was one opportunity they desired most that had never been available at RHS.

The school gave Beaudry the OK to try raise  $24,000 needed, as there was nothing in the budget. The goal has not been met yet, so they’re hoping for good box office.

“We’ll only have 300 seats, so I hope we can sell it out,” said Schueneman. “It only costs eight bucks.”

The lead roles are played by Peter Schultz as Jesus and Jack Fitzgerald as Judas. Schultz, actually is Spectrum student, is a Rogers resident and former RHS student.

For ticket information, see the web site www.rhsmusicals.com.

 

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