This weekend the Chippewa Falls High School Music Department will present three performances of “Aida” featuring music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice.

Nubian princess Aida cannot help but form a strong connection to her country’s sworn enemy, an Egyptian army captain, Radames. But Radames is a pawn in his father’s plan to succeed the Egyptian throne by marrying princess Amneris, who he does not love. Will the love story of Aida and Radames eventually bring peace to the fighting kingdoms?

The musical is directed by Wayne Marek of the Eau Claire Children’s Theater. All tickets are reserved seating. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased at Gordy’s Country Market in downtown Chippewa Falls and Mega Foods in Chippewa Falls. Or, tickets may be reserved by calling the high school music department at (715) 726-2406, extension 1422.

Preceding Saturday’s performance, the high school’s orchestra department is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner in the high school cafeteria. The Chi-Hi Wire Choir, along with other orchestra ensembles, will provide music throughout the dinner. Cost is $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Combination tickets for the dinner and the musical are $16 for adults and $9 for senior citizens and students.

Crew

Artistic director: Wayne Marek; Musical director: Ron Buckles; Orchestra conductor: Dave Mueller; Choreographer: Bailey Couture; Musical chairperson: Sharon McIlquham; Costumes: Ann Behrens, Tammi Buhrow, Linda Downey, Becky Gunderson, Julie Kahl, Lisa Kuester, Pam Moran, Julie Van Beek; Set design: Gary Shilts; Set construction: Jim Baldeshwiler, Peter Drogemuller, Ned Lenhart, Jay Long, Chuck Nielsen, Paul Nielsen, Ann Pearson; Program and poster design: Jennah Kahl, Julie Kahl, Markel Moran; Ticket coordinator: Pam Moran; Lighting: Mark Lundin, Deidre Buckles, Nate Plummer; Sound: Cory Jeffers; CFMA chair: Dina Brennan; Photos: Tom Arneberg.

Cast

Grace Lenhart (Aida), Alex King (Radames), Lacey Quale (Amneris), Dillon Kuester (Mereb), Christian Fulkerson (Zoser), Mariah Shilts (Nehebka), Mitch Nielsen (Pharaoh), Will Metza (Amonasro)

Male ensemble: Kyle Baldeshwiler, Forrest Cleven-Peterson, Andy Gunderson, Tanner Huppert, Jake Pritchard, Nathan Street, Josiah Wahl.

Female ensemble: Ashlei Buhrow, Clarissa Cleven-Peterson, Megan Couture, Leigh Drogemuller, Rachel Eckwright, Becca Fuller, Rachel Long, Emma McIlquham, Erica Nielsen, Heidi Schaus, Kat Taylor.

Nubian slaves: Jasmine Bluedorn, Cheyanne Hawkins, Angel Jackson, Clara Lenhart, Markel Moran, Emily Rabska.

Palace women: Theresa Hunt, Jennah Kahl, Shannyn Kincade, Cassie Pearson, Savannah Shaurette.

Pit

Alissa Lea (reed 1), Mikaela Albright (reed 2), Tim Baumann (reed 2), Aaaron Bishop (horn), Kyle Launderville (horn), Brittaney McCarthy (violin), Eva Peterson (violin), Christine Baumann (viola), Chloe Peterson (viola), Courtney Hawkins (cello), Tucker Melssen (electric bass), Ken Schneider (guitar), Ian McAlister (percussion), Elliott Rittenberry (percussion), Ron Buckles (keyboard 1), Mark Lundin (keyboard 2), Molly Nordin (keyboard 3).

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