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Sydney Cox (right), in the role of Luann, rehearses Thursday, June 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bristol. The Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp is rehearsing at the church. (AP)

Aden Bachtel (left) and Carly Norwood read lines during rehearsal at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Thursday, June 13, 2013. The Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp is rehearsing at the Bristol church. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Aden Bachtel (left), Sydney Cox, and Carly Norwood check lines during rehearsal at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Thursday June 13, 2013. The Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp is rehearsing at the Bristol church. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Mary Norwood (at piano) leads (from left) Ben Helmuth, Jaime Navarro, Sydney Cox and Jessica Miller in singing practice at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Thursday June 13, 2013. Ben is playing the role of Brad, Jaime is playing the dad, Sydney is playing Luann and Jessica is playing the mom in the Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp production “Luann: Scenes in a Teenís Life.” (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

The Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp campers rehearse a party scene from “Luann: Scenes in a Teen’s Life” at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Thursday, June 13, 2013. The Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp is rehearsing at the Bristol church. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Mary Norwood (left) and Ben Helmuth talk during rehearsal at St Mary’s Catholic Church Thursday, June 13, 2013. The Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp is rehearsing at the Bristol church. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp participants rehearse a party scene at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Thursday, June 13, 2013. The Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp is rehearsing at the Bristol church. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Sydney Cox (left) in the role of Luann and Jessica Miller as the mom read lines during rehearsal Thursday, June 13, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp is rehearsing at the Bristol church. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Carly Norwood rehearses the song “Confusion” during Elkhart Civic Theatre summer camp at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday, June 13. (AP)
2 weeks. 30 students. 1 musical production

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 18, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.

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.