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Fossil Ridge kicking into high gear, taking “Alice by Heart” national

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Seth Pickett

With the recently released rights to the musical “Alice by Heart”, Fossil Ridge High School seized the opportunity and submitted the show to nationals with no expectations of what to come.

Taking place in Indiana, the International Thespian Festival (ITF) will host, for the first time, Fossil Ridge with the production of “Alice by Heart” in June. Fossil is the first school in over a decade to have this honor in Colorado. Not to mention, is one nine schools selected nationwide, along with one of the few public schools.

“I have chills, I’m so excited… [but] I don’t think it’s going to feel real until we’re on the plane,” Parker Cropp, cast as the Queen of Hearts, remarks after hearing the news.

The opportunities that come with this once in a lifetime experience are huge. ITF offers feedback on the show as well as clinics students may attend to learn more on certain aspects of the world of theater. Furthermore, nationwide recognition for Fossil’s theater program.

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“I’m excited for them because they get to be little celebrities,” Mikayla Asmus, the musical’s director, comments on her excitement to see her students thrive at ITF.

The two lead protagonists of the show, Cooper Hand, playing the White Rabbit, and Hannah Schnorr, playing Alice, attended nationals last year; the wonderful shows set both of their expectations quite differently.

On January 17th, the troupe awaits the announcement to see if they made nationals. (Aislyn McDonald)

“A lot of us weren’t expecting it, [but] I saw all the shows last year at Nationals and they were really, really good. A lot of them I was thinking we could do that, we could be that level of greatness,” Hand shares his optimism.

“I don’t know; self-reflection last year, I was [thinking] we could never be that. But now we are, which is so cool,” Schnorr held the same expectations as many others involved in the production.

Yet, this wonderful news does not come without its challenges.

John Garner, the Technical Theater Director, is the brains behind moving the set and lighting to ITF. “The idea of creating a light, collapsible set began as a hypothetical learning experience for the team. They created the set on pallet racks and other light materials they could find and easily dismantle to fit on a truck. This learning experience quickly turned into a reality as they now are having to move the set to Indiana,” Garner explains.

However, “Alice by Heart” has been put on the back burner while they put on “Into the Woods” at the beginning of April. Following “Into the Woods”, the troupe has under a month to completely relearn “Alice by Heart” before putting on two fundraising shows on May 10th and 11th.

It would be quite an understatement to say that the troupe is thrilled to be a part of this opportunity to take “Alice by Heart” national.

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Aislyn McDonald, Co-Editor in Chief
Aislyn McDonald is Co-Editor in Chief of Etched In Stone. It is McDonald’s second year with the paper and her third year in a journalism class. McDonald is in her senior year at Fossil Ridge High School and hopes to do two to three years at Front Range Community College before getting a photography or business internship. If she continues to pursue a journalism career she would like to be at a fashion magazine or as a travel journalist. Outside of the newsroom she enjoys photography and reading. She recently found her passion for reading after her mom gifted her the book The Ship of Theseus. McDonald is a hard worker who is unsure about her future but is passionate about figuring out what her goals and ambitions are. She is a key part of the newsroom and is gifted in making those who are new to it feel welcome.
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