University Liggett School Players Present Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA
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The University Liggett School Players production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is coming to the school’s main stage March 9-12.
Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is an epic story of love, loyalty and betrayal. It chronicles the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier they both love.
Dr. Phillip Moss, Creative and Performing Arts Department Chair and director, said the show was selected because of the female characters in the show.
“We have a number of strong female vocalists and performers,” Moss said. “Once again our young artists have reached deep to create music, choreography, scenic elements and costumes in a strong effort to bring excellence to our stage.”
As has been the rule for decades, the production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida will be largely student-led. In addition to the primary musical and vocal performers, which will include Lower and Middle school students, Upper School students direct the show’s choreography, costuming, scenic design, direction of the musical’s younger players and assume the role of assistant director.
In the three primary roles, the production features ULS junior Olivia Johnson as Aida, senior Dahlia Medvinsky as Amneris and junior Gio Thams as Radames.
“Our students never back down from a challenge,” said Moss. “The opening number clearly states that every story is a love story. The challenge with this production is a love story that is told during a time of war, of hate, and of mistrust. The results are dramatic, but the journey is one that shows the tests that people are willing to endure to follow their heart. As such this is a journey worth the challenge.”
Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12. The Sunday matinee performance will feature the rose ceremony, honoring seniors, before the performance. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at uls.seatyourself.biz.