Blaine’s ‘Monster’ musical fun for the whole family

An ordinary girl and her friends experience what happens when fantasy and reality collide in Blaine High School’s musically monstrous production of “There’s a Monster in My Closet.”

The girls react with fear and trembling at seeing a monster in the closet. Pictured here rehearsing Blaine High School’s fall play are (front row, left-right) Haley Traufler, Krista Wathanaphone, Kanoog Moau and (second row, left-right) Ema Butzer, Claire Rooney, Angela Diep and Maya Richardson.

The girls react with fear and trembling at seeing a monster in the closet. Pictured here rehearsing Blaine High School’s fall play are (front row, left-right) Haley Traufler, Krista Wathanaphone, Kanoog Moau and (second row, left-right) Ema Butzer, Claire Rooney, Angela Diep and Maya Richardson.Photo submitted

With a cast of more than 30, Angela D. Stewart and Bill Francoeur’s “Monster” takes the stage in the high school auditorium (12555 University Ave. NE,

Blaine) 7 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16, with 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 15 and 16.

In the musical, the lead character of Emily (played by freshman Haley Traufler) is having a sleepover with her best friend Stephanie (Ema Butzer) when they discover a monster in Emily’s closet.

What they don’t realize is that Murray the Monster (Josh Masterton) is more afraid of them than they are of him.

When they enlist the help of their friends to try to capture Murray, the girls encounter more creatures and adventures than they anticipated.

They also learn a little bit more about the power of friendship and the wonders of magic.

“The songs are catchy and show is fun for everyone,” said director Cynthia Hess. “I encourage families to come together, because the play is appropriate for all ages. Yes, it has monsters, but they are silly monsters, not scary monsters.”

Unlike many productions at the high school, “Monsters” is unique in that most of the cast comprises freshman students.

“This freshman class just blew me away at auditions,” Hess said. “I am really excited that so many extremely talented newcomers are in the cast, and this bodes well for future productions.”

Tickets ($8 adults; $5 students and seniors; $3 for children under age 10) can be purchased at the door or online at www.seatyourself.biz/blainehs.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

 
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