GISH Theater Department teaches young students a dance from their next musical

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – A master’s dance class was held on Saturday at Grand Island Senior High (GISH) for students in Grades 3 through 8. Theater students and a choreographer helped teach the children a number of their upcoming musical: Mary Poppins.

Gary Alexander, drama teacher at GISH, said they planned the event to teach the younger ones.

“We were trying to involve the community more in the fine art process and reach the lower levels,” Alexander said.

Newell Elementary second-grader Marlee Ulmer said there was a reason she had gone out to learn dance.

“I’m into dancing and I love to dance a lot and wanted to learn new things,” Ulmer said.

The children were divided into groups with the GISH theater students to help them learn the dance step by step. Casey Sorensen, senior and dance captain for the musical, worked alongside the young students. He said they were a quick learner and couldn’t wait to see them come to the show at the end of the month.

“They seem to be having a great time,” Sorensen said. “They all looked like they all picked up on the choreography very easily and I can’t wait to see them all there.”

He added that he not only wanted to teach them a track from their next musical, but also that he wanted them to learn something from the program.

“I hope they will see that the theater is this beautiful, huge, inclusive space where anyone can be anyone,” Sorensen said. “And you can be yourself here. It’s just, it’s really fun.

About 25 children came to the master’s dance class on Saturday. At the end of class, students in Grades 3 through 8 were able to show their family members their new movements.

GISH theater students are scheduled to perform the full musical, Mary Poppins, October 29-31. Tickets for the show are available for purchase in line.

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