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‘We Are Monsters’

Chain students to stage musical

By Robert Cloud

Elementary students are scheduled to present “We Are Monsters” at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22, at Waupaca Middle School, 1149 Shoemaker Road.

Tickets are $3 each at the door.

Despite numerous snow days, students at the Chain Exploration Center charter school have been rehearsing for this musical about an annual cabaret.

“Monsters come here every year to show off who we are,” according to Sawyer Buenning, who plays KC, one of the few humans in the story.

Buenning said the musical has some humorous parts.

“The main purpose of the play is to teach about diversity and friendship,” said Oliver Funk-Rusch, who plays Targoyle the gargoyle.

Maggie Miller, who will be Puffy the werewolf, said her favorite part of “We Are Monsters” is when she gets to howl.

Alisa Forseth plays Valissa the vampire. She said her favorite part is when she gets to sing a solo.

Although Emma Adams’ character is in the chorus and does not have a name in the script, she said she prefers the name “Sparkly.”

Karin Hatfield, music director at the Chain and Waupaca Learning Center, is the musical’s director.

In addition to performing in the musical, the 58 charter school students are also members of various play-related committees responsible for advertising, choreography, costumes, sound, lighting and set building.

Rhonda Hare, Chain Exploration Center’s administrator, said the students are learning “other aspects of putting on a performance.”

The musical is part of the charter school’s project-based learning program.

They are currently learning about the arts. Other projects have focused on citizenship and agriculture.

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