Cass musical ‘new wave’Published 6:13pm Thursday, March 15, 2012
CASSOPOLIS — Rebeccah Kieffer has never actually surfed, so her prowess balanced on the back of a boogie board for Cassopolis Thespian Troupe’s surf musical “Wipeout” is all an act.
And Rebeccah has been acting a long time, since “Oz” in fourth grade.
The senior joined Thespian Troupe freshman year as soon as she could be inducted.
“I like coming together with everyone in friendship,” she said.
After high school, she’s undecided, but hopes to attend Ferris State University.
“We started in February,” Rebeccah said. “I would like to do community theater. I’ve looked into the Civic Theater in South Bend.”
Rebeccah is drum major of the Ranger Marching Band when not playing piccolo and flute, plays soccer and belongs to Neighborhood Gang 4-H. At the fair she shows rabbits and dairy feeder steers.
She and Chandler Kraus, who plays saxophone in band and belongs to Silver Spurs 4-H, for which he exhibits sheep, were already well-acquainted.
Chandler is at the other end of the spectrum, for crutch-banging Riptide is his first lead role.
“I like coming together with friends and putting on performances,” he said.
He’s considering drama or radio broadcasting after high school.
Jean Porath directs a large cast of characters whose names seem inspired by Beach Boys songs. As she describes “Wipeout,” it sounds like a sandy “West Side Story,” pitting affluent Coast kids against the less well-off gang fearful of losing their hangout, Mom and Poppy’s Surf Shack, where Cokes cost 25 cents and surf wax sets you back 30 cents. Midge is their daughter, Riptide her love interest.
Cassopolis Thespian Troupe 2323 presents the surf musical “Wipeout” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School.
Tickets cost $7 general admission, $5 students and senior citizens.
Surfer One/Cap’N Bill — Thomas Bosler
Surfer Two/Mom — Diana Lary
Surfer Three/Midge — Rebeccah Kieffer
Surfer Four/Riptide — Chandler Kraus
Zelda — Faulnesa Cooper
Sandy — Kayleigh Sheets
Wendy — Emily Waldschmidt
Rhonda — Nicolette Harris
Freddie Seaturtle — Cody Hoff
Loco Moco — Amelia Ayers
Bodhy — Molly Moroz
Reef — Sebastian Westphal
Fender Bender — Alec Hoff
Barbara Ann — Rhianon Morris
John B. — Alex Brown
Mr. Saucelito — Dustin Miller
Marcella March — Hannah Deubner
Scratch — Eric Bosler
Shutterbug — Kayla Tobias
Duke “The Duck” Slater — Zach Newton
Sally Valley — Noelle Kraus
Brock “Longboard” Lealapoopau — Na Luangasa
Piano — Kelli Flory
Percussion — Tina Stutzman
Guitar — Dylan Sears
Alto sax — Celia Ash
Set/props — Lois Barrett-Bush
Stage manager — Faulnesa Cooper
Set helpers — Faulnesa Cooper, Diana Lary, Dustin Miller, Alec Hoff
Lights/sound — Susan Lary, Zach Newton
Makeup master — Robert Moore
Tags: Ross Beatty High School