“This show is aimed at the performances; this is the focus, not fancy sets, costumes or lighting,” Hartman said. “It’s about what kids are like at a performing arts school. They’re familiar with hearing coaching stories. The choreography and music here are way harder and we’ll be showcasing some hidden talents.”
Ian Williams, a Northeastern High School sophomore, is excited to step into the character of Nick.
“Nick is serious about theater but he can be a jerk,” Williams said. “Nick acts like he’s already almost a professional. Why has he come to this?”
Vanessa Hagenbuch is in fifth grade at Northridge Elementary School and will play the outgoing Mabel. She uses her theater skills in life.
“I’m a logical person and it helps me when meeting different people,” she said.
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Although this is a story about youngsters at a performing-arts school, the Ambassadors are also close.
“I’m sad when we don’t have practice and that’s why I like this show. It’s something different,” Hagenbuch said.
Williams agrees this is a talented group.
“It’s a good thing to be involved in the arts,” he said. “Coming here (for practice) is the highlight of my day.”
The Youth Arts Ambassadors’ next production will be another fantasy musical, “Dorothy Meets Alice,” Feb. 23-24 at the Legend Theater.
WANT TO GO?
What: "Fame Jr."
Where: John Legend Theater, 700 S. Limestone St., Springfield
When: Thursday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $18 adults, $8 students
More info: 937-324-2712 or go to www.springfieldartscouncil.org/event/fame-jr/