Going on an enchanted Disney journey

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By The Staff

Come and see the splendor and magic of Belle dreaming about something more. Be a part of the drama when Aladdin discovers the genie in the lamp. Listen as the Little Mermaid laments over love.

NMHU’s new Performing Arts Club presents “An Enchanted Disney Journey” to be held Feb. 7, 8, and 9 at Sala de Madrid at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for children 10 and under. The show includes numbers from “Beauty and the Beast,””The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “The Little Mermaid.” A Children’s Disney Costume Contest will be held during intermission and all kids are urged to join in. This musical review of Disney favorites is the first production by the Performing Arts Club.

The Performing Arts Club was formed in fall 2007 as a way to get students involved in extra-curricular musical and theatrical venues. “This club was started as a way to strengthen the music program, have an outlet for beginners to learn the craft of musical theater and, for those who have already been in the field, to refine our skills,” says Club President Joseph (Pee Wee) Chavez. Currently there are 12 members, but students are welcome to join the group. “Don’t be timid about joining if you don’t have experience,” Chavez said. “Half the fun is learning the craft and we’re willing to teach newcomers. Our club is also not geared just for performers: we need dancers, tech people, artists, and costumers too.”

The performing arts club is completely run by the students involved.”says Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, faculty adviser. “I am incredibly supportive of this student-based effort. For this show they set up their own rehearsals, built their own sets and costumes, wrote their own script and did their own choreography. The only thing I do is play the piano.” Garcia-Nuthmann added that these students have put considerable time and energy into this work-intensive creative process. “This is a wonderful experience for our students. It’s good to see their time being spent in such a positive and productive way.”