New Bern High School to perform first musical in nearly 20 years

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) - Stepping out of the classroom and on to the stage, high school students are working to revive a drama program where the music sheets have been left collecting dust for nearly 20 years.

But finally the New Bern High School drama department is just a week away from its first musical in nearly two decades.

Senior Cameron Hart says, "It means a lot to me. All four years of my high school I've never had the opportunity like this and when I saw they were doing auditions for a musical my friends encouraged me to go and here I am."

For their first show, drama teacher Aaron Williams wanted to pick something everyone could appreciate. Little Shop of Horrors.

Williams says, "I think the musical is so iconic so to bring this for the first one since 2001, It's very exciting for the students because It's a little dark comedy and something for the audience because they've known about it forever." And what better way to help revive a program than by also revitalizing the auditorium.

Williams says, "I wanted to get the old out and start with the new, so we're trying to make it like a little off Broadway theatre so we put in some new blackout windows, we got new curtains, we cleared out 25 years worth of stuff and now we're just trying to make the theatre look like something you'd see in New York."

With the countdown on to the curtain call, students are making their final preparations, and are now getting excited about the work they've put in.

Hart says, "My favorite part of the show is the whole show. It's a wonderful thing. We've got wonderful cast members, we all work really well together. The girl who plays our plant, her name is Alicia and she is fantastic If you come out to see the show you're going to get a real treat from her."

Opening night is set for April fourth.