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Opshop breaks records

By CAITLIN KNOX
Editor-in-Chief

Collin Smith is on stage rehearsing for her role as Esther in the classic “Meet me in St. Louis.”

Collin Smith is on stage rehearsing for her role as Esther in the classic “Meet me in St. Louis.”

Two nights.  Fourteen scenes. One huge finale. This year’s Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop will be unforgettable– especially when the finale consists of green ogres, a gingerbread man and a dragon from the movie “Shrek.”
The show will feature a range of scenes from well-known musicals and operas like “The Wedding Singer,” “West Side Story,” “Legally Blonde” and “Chicago.”

It is a free Nexus event, showing only this Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11. Performers encourage students to attend both nights, because the scenes will be completely different (except the finale).

Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop, or Opshop for short, is a class taught by Dr. Hunnicutt, Music Department Chair. Every student gets a lead role in a scene from a musical or opera.

This year she had a record breaking amount of students sign up for the class, which enabled her to do not the average eight scenes, but a whopping 14.

The scenes chosen this year have a common theme of love and marriage–there are at least three wedding gowns that appear in the shows. Highlights include Zach White being thrown into a dumpster, Nathan Van Til with a wig that strangely resembles Classics professor Dr. Henkel and crowd-surfing on stage–just to name a few.

Even if you don’t have the chance to see both nights,  performer  Shakir Mackey insists that  the finale is by far the best scene, and a must-see. “People are going to love it,” he says.