If you go see Newton High School's production of "Brigadoon," you'll see not only students, but also staff and teachers on stage. The musical tells the story of two men from New York who travel to Scotland and accidentally find a village that appears for only one day every 100 years.
Newton High School math teacher Jennifer Horn plays Mrs. Lundie.
"I get to tell outsiders the secret of Brigadoon," Horn said.
Horn said her previous theater experience included backstage work and playing in the pit orchestra.
"I've never actually been on stage before," Horn said. "This is different, being out front."
As Mrs. Lundie, Horn sings and dances along with the rest of the cast — several of whom are her students.
"It's a good time to be with the students and interact with them in a different way," Horn said.
Michael Smith plays Tommy Albright, one of the two men who stumble on the Scottish village.
"It's really fun, especially with the adults being in it — you have different people," Smith said.
Some of the songs in the show include "Waiting For My Dearie," "Almost Like Being In Love" and "The Heather on the Hill."
"It's sort of the perfect, classic musical," said Kelsi Harris, who portrays Meg Brockie. "There's a lot of dancing, a lot of singing and many love stories."
"The dancing's fun — even sitting out in the crowd, it makes you want to bob your head along to it," said Alisa Oller, who plays Fiona MacLaren.
The romances that bridge different cultures and eras gives "Brigadoon" its appeal.
"It's so lively," Oller said. "The story's amazing. You see two people from two totally different worlds fall in love."
More than 40 performers will be seen on stage in "Brigadoon."
"This cast has been really fun to work with," Oller said. "A lot of them are new and they've jumped in and put a lot of work into it."
Much of that work can be seen in the set for "Brigadoon," which sprawls out and covers some of the seats in the auditorium.
"In the beginning of the show, we come from everywhere," noted Shelby Rhodes, who plays a Brigadoon lassie.
"It's going to be a great show," Horn said. "The kids have worked super hard. It's visually very, very beautiful and we have some amazing, talented singers."
"It was a good choice for the voices that we have," said director Michael Parker.
Parker said he chose to perform a classic musical in honor of vocal music teacher Donna Woolery, who will be retiring after this school year.
"I was a little nervous when we announced (the show), because sometimes kids turn their noses up at the classics, but they loved the show and the music," Parker said.
"Brigadoon" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at Newton High School, 900 W. 12th St. in Newton. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and can be reserved at https://www.showtix4u.com. For more information, call 316-284-6280 ext. 2112.