Epiphany Catholic School, Coon Rapids, heads west for its annual spring musical.
A cast of 160 kindergarten through eighth-grade students will present a western, “Bandits of Black Rock,” Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, 7 p.m., in the school gym.
Co-directors Lauri Wilkie and Vicki Paine have been staging spring musicals for many years at Epiphany.
This year’s production is a reprise of the show the school presented 12 years ago, according to Wilkie.
The plot revolves around the robbery of Claudette, a French singer at the Sasparilla saloon, which is owned by Slade Claggart, who is also the mysterious bandit Snake, who with his gang, have been robbing and stealing from people, and the efforts of the hero, Gus Tow, to bring them to justice.
The show features dancing cactuses and tumbleweeds as well as singing vultures, according to Wilkie.
The songs in the production are well-known western show tunes, Wilkie said.
All the 160 cast members auditioned for their parts, but all were cast, she said.
Sam Olson plays the hero, Gus Tow, while Katherine Kraft is the heroine, Caroline.
Slade Claggart is portrayed by Bransen Paulzen, while his sidekick, Lola Palluza, is played by Allison Shue.
Music director for the production is Liz Grefsheim.
There is no charge to see the play, but a freewill offering will be taken.
Peter Bodley is at firstname.lastname@example.org