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B'ville musical cast works with Broadway director

The cast of Baker High School's musical production, Titanic, recently had the privilege of working with a Broadway music director in two workshops at the school.

Kevin Stites, music director and conductor of the original 2007 Broadway production of the musical, was the guest clinician at the workshops over the weekend of Jan. 22 and 23.

Stites put the Baker cast members through their paces in the two-day, eight-hour workshops, emphasizing phrasing, articulation and the importance of sustaining energy in the performance as the story unfolds for the audience.

Senior Ryan Sparkes, who plays shipbuilder Thomas Andrews, commented, "It's not every day you get to work with someone who was a part of the original creative team of the show we're repeating here. It was great to have the opportunity to take our show to the next level."

The cast members wrapped up the weekend with a special musical preview for their parents.

Baker High School will present Titanic at 7 p.m. March 10 and 11 and at 1 and 7 p.m. March 12. Ticket sales begin Feb. 9 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 638-6039.

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