Normally, those involved with the theater believe in the old adage that “the show must go on.” After the Continental High School Drama Department’s Spring musical was halted in March due to the coronavirus, several area students were ready for act two. A weekend of auditions led to several weeks of rehearsal, and area singers and dancers were almost ready to put on a show. But, the pandemic has once again caused the area production of Newsies to be canceled.
Approximately 30 students attended rehearsals 3 nights a week for 5 weeks, and the show was to be performed next weekend. Cast members hailed from Ayersville, Tinora, Defiance, Paulding, Antwerp, Continental, Pandora-Gilboa, The Ohio State University, the Buckeye Brethren Institute, Ohio University, Bluffton College, and Purdue Fort Wayne.
The Newsies would like to thank all who were involved with this summer theater experience:
– The Continental Ministerial Association (Dupont Church of the Brethren, Free Christian Church of God, Continental United Methodist Church, Christ United Methodist Church, and North Mount Zion Church) for their financial support.
– Free Christian Church of God for office support and hosting the rehearsals
– Justin Etter, director
– Pam Jones, rehearsal pianist
– Paige Lawhorn, choreographer
– Deep Dive Threads for Newsies t-shirts
– Parents for costumes and props
–Mike Jones, Feature Writer