By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN Delano High School junior Emily Holm and senior Nick Meyerson have each been in more than 20 school plays, but Thursday, Nov. 17 will be their first time appearing in a Chanhassen Dinner Theatres performance.
“It kind of came out of nowhere,” Meyerson said. “I’m pretty excited for it.”
Meyerson and Holm are two of 100 students in Minnesota who’ve been selected to appear onstage in “Hairspray.”
A total of four students (two schools represented each night) will appear in each production Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings during November and January.
“It’s called the StarKid program,” Meyerson said.
In order to find StarKid participants, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres contacted high school music/theatre educators from Albert Lea to St. Cloud, asking them to send two students who would represent the best talent their schools had to offer.
Holm and Meyerson will appear onstage about 30 minutes into the show’s first act, during a scene called “the sophomore hop.”
“Nick and I are really good friends,” Holm said. “It’ll be fun.”
While onstage, Corny Collins (the eccentric TV show host in the play) will introduce them by high school, and ask their names and other questions.
Then, Holm and Meyerson will be led to the upper level of the set, where they will dance along with actors in another area. They aren’t taught any choreography, but are simply asked to dance to the beat.
For costumes, they’ve been advised to wear black, khaki, blue, green, pink, or yellow, and to dress like they’re from the early 1960s.
The first StarKid event was last year, for the performance of “Footloose.”
“Our intention was to make this an annual event, and so we’re thrilled to do this again,” Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ President and Artistic Director Michael Brindisi noted on the theatre’s website. “There are so many worthy musical theatre students in our communities. This is an amazing opportunity that we can provide for the students.”
In appreciation of their participation, Holm and Meyerson will each receive a pair of complimentary show tickets to see “Hairspray.”
According to the theatre’s website, “Hairspray” is about a “pleasantly plump” Baltimore teen who wants to dance on the “Corny Collins Show.” When her wish comes true, she is transformed from social outcast to sudden star.
It includes hits like “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now,” “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” and “Good Morning Baltimore.”
Holm and Meyerson said they’ve both seen the movie version, and they’re looking forward to seeing the play.
“It’s one of my favorite musicals,” Meyerson said.
The play will be performed eight times weekly through Jan. 28, 2012.
For tickets and information, call the theatre box office at (952) 934-1525 or 800-362-3515.