BRISTOL — “I’ve been wanting to do this show ever since I heard about it three years ago,” said Mary Norwood, Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp coordinator.
The show, “Luann: Scenes in a Teen’s Life” by Greg Evans, is already half sold out for its two showings at 7 p.m. June 21-22, prompting the addition of a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, June 23.
What makes this teen musical unique is that the 30 young people performing have only two weeks to bring their characters to life, meeting from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
“I’m nervous because a lot goes into this, but it’s really fun to show how hard you’ve worked for it,” said Sydney Cox, a Goshen High School student playing the role of Luann.
The cast was aiming to be “off book” by Monday, rehearsing without the aid of scripts. Cast members in the over-hour-and-a-half production have been hard at work memorizing lines, learning choreography and perfecting the 16 songs performed in the musical.
“It takes 10 weeks to put together a season show, and we’re doing this in 40 hours,” said Norwood.
Norwood’s daughter, Carly, a Northridge High School student, has been involved with the camp for seven years and has moved up in the ranks to become a team leader, assisting in keeping everyone focused.
“I love being a team leader,” said Carly. “I’ve always wanted to do it.”
However, not every member of the cast has been involved with the camp as long, Northridge High School student Ben Helmuth is in his first year.
“My mom convinced me to do it,” said Helmuth. “I’m extremely nervous, but I look forward to my career as a musical something.”
While rehearsing together, the cast has formed bonds that will last for years to come.
“The friendships make everything more well-rounded,” said Cox.
All shows will be performed at the Bristol Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St. Tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Elkhart Civic Theatre at 848-4116 or by visiting www.centerstageticketing.com/sites/elkhartcivictheatre/showdates.php?s_id=112.