2017-02-17 / Local

Troy High School preparing for rock and roll musical Aida

By Russell Pekelnicky

Staff Writer

Troy High School is getting ready for a different type of musical this year.

The high school theater program will perform Aida, a musical based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi and given a more modern musical revision by Elton John and Tim Rice.

Playing the leads in the production, which will run March 3 and 4, are Stacie Simpson as the titular Aida, an Egyptian royal captured as a slave to the Nubians, and Braden Ward as Radames, a Nubian captain who falls for Aida.

Both Ward and Simpson said this isn’t the first time they’ve served as a lead part. Last year, during the school’s performance of “Once Upon a Mattress,” both actors served as lead performers.

Ward said he felt practice was going well.

He described the play as, “a love story live never seen before in Troy.”

He explained Aida as an ancient Egyptian Romeo and Juliet set to rock and roll music.

Simpson said it’s the music that’ll serve as one of the major draws to the musical.

“People hear that the music is by Elton John,” she said. “That’s a selling factor for it.”

Ward said that the play’s serious, dramatic tone makes it unlike anything else done previously at Troy High School.

“Aida” will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, March 4 in the Memorial Auditorium in Troy.

Russell Pekelnicky can be reached at (570) 265-2151, ext. 1627, or email rpekelnicky@thedailyreview.com.

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