Aberdeen High School spring musical “Aida” opens today

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Tickets are now on sale for “Aida, the Musical” to be performed at Aberdeen High School Thursday to Sunday, May 1-4, under the direction of Tamara Helland and music director J.R. Lakey, and featuring hit songs by Elton John and Tim Rice.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students (18 and under). They are available through Aberdeen High School, Rosevear’s and Harbor Drug, or at the door.

The performances include two evening shows and two matinees. They are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3 and May 4.

The cast includes:

Keola Holt as Aida

Kyle Brewer as Radames

Libby Carrico as Amneris

Justin Greco as Zoser

Autumn McGiveron as Mereb

Elizabeth Henderson as Nehebka

Colton Ball as Pharaoh

Garrett Tageant as Amonsaro

Megan West, Analei Holt, Elizabeth Henderson and Naomi Wolfenberger as the Amneris’ Ladies

Erin Kuhn, Nora Coffelt and Maggie Vincent as the Banquet Dancers

Michael Fagerstedt, Ryan Urvina, Colton Ball, Garrett Tageant, Gordon Shaw, Adam Nino and Collin Nicholson as Soldiers/Ministers

Naomi Wolfenberger, Megan West, Analei Holt, Erin Kuhn, Nora Coffelt, Maggie Vincent, Mairead Ost, Alex Scott, Emily Cushing, Emily May, Rachel Wiechelman, Olivia Nicholson, Brittany Bush, Hannah Palmer and Laura Galls as Nubian Women

Aida is the story of two young people whose imaginations bring a museum painting to life, revealing an ancient love story. It was first performed in 1871. It is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario often attributed to French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette.

Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida the Musical premiered on Broadway on March 23, 2000, and ran for 1,852 performances until September 5, 2004, and is one of the longest-running Broadway musicals.

The original Aida was first performed in 1871. It was an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario often attributed to French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. It’s the story of two young people whose imaginations bring a museum painting to life, revealing an ancient love story.

Aida  won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. The original Broadway cast recording also won  the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the song “Written in the Stars,” recorded and sung by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes, reached No.2 on the Billboard in the U.S. music charts, and No.1 in Canada.

The cast is under the direction of Tamara Helland and music director J.R. Lakey.

Sponsors include the Aberdeen Rotary Club. For more information, contact Aberdeen High School at (360) 538-2040.

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