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Willmar High School presents 'Aida: The Timeless Love Story'

The musical will be performed at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center Nov. 10-13. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and children.

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Aida, played by Willmar High School senior Ceci Buzzeo, sings a solo during a dress rehearsal of "Aida" at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
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WILLMAR — The Willmar High School music department presents “Aida: The Timeless Love Story,” written by Elton John and Tim Rice, a musical based on the opera of the same name written by Antonio Ghislanzoni with music by Giuseppe Verdi.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Nov. 10-12 and 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children, and are available on the school website.

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Amneris, played by Willmar High School senior Maggie Anderson, at left, listens as Radames, played by Rich Becker, speaks during a dress rehearsal of "Aida" at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
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In the Egyptian wing of a modern museum, a man and a woman touring the exhibit catch each other's eyes.

A statue of Amneris, a female Pharaoh, played by Maggie Anderson, comes to life and transports them to Ancient Egypt, where Radames, played by Rich Becker, captain of the Egyptian army, and his men are returning from an expedition through the land of Egypt's long-time enemy, Nubia.

When his soldiers capture a group of Nubian women, he is captivated by one of the women, Aida, played by Ceci Buzzeo, who tries to free herself by out-dueling one of his soldiers.

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Radames forces her to wash his back, but she refuses, saying that although the Egyptians took everything from the Nubians, they will never take their spirit. Radames saves Aida's companions from the copper mines (and certain death) by sending them to the palace groundskeeper instead.

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Willmar High School student and chorus member Qiara Christenson walks down the runway during a dress rehearsal of "Aida" at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
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He also ensures Aida serves as a handmaiden to his betrothed, Princess Amneris.

As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility that she faces as the leader of her people. Aida and Radames' love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

Other members of the cast are Emma Villnow, Kaleb Gerdes, Diego Chavez, Josh Jensen and Malachi Elmhorst.

Chorus members are Ava Carlson, Maeli Carlson, Qiara Christenson, Amin Fifita, Jaiden Fredrickson, Macy Gazelka, Sam Gazelka, Maddie George Rosemika Groen, Brooklyn Hinrichs, Rae Holwerda, Chloe Jensen, Lennie Marshall, Lily Martinez, Daniela Medina-Reyes, Bethany Molash, Nevaeh Molash, Mikayla Ornelas, Diane Osuna Alvarez, James Rende, Jon Rubio, Gabby Rud, Courtney Schiesser, Alex Sixta, Zoe Swart, Brayden Thoms, Mindy Twedt, Aeda Villnow,

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Willmar High School senior Malachi Elmhorst, who plays Zoser, takes center spotlight for his performance during a dress rehearsal of "Aida" at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
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Playing in the pit orchestra are Bryton Carlson, Nick Castiglioni, Brandon Escalon-Valladares, Carl Holm, Hailey Jurgenson, Jacob Loerzel, Jon Marchand, Brendan Pappenfus, Carol Parker, Kari Stadem and Lisa Zeller.

Running the lights and sound are Gavin Evenson, Drew Lindquist, Lauryn Mueske, Ryan Newberg, Evan Wallestad and Ivy Williams.

Emery Holwerda, Kylee Nash and Kylee Struck are the set and backstage crew.

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Neal Haugen and Travis Michelson are the musical directors. Julene Haugen is the assistant director and Sylvia Twedt is the student director.

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Aida, played by Willmar High School senior Ceci Buzzeo, sings a performs on stage during a dress rehearsal of "Aida" at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
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Kari Michelson is the choreographer and Todd Blaser is the pit director.

Set directors are Bryan Mara and Alison Schaaf.

Lights/sound director is Terry Brau and Anna Zieske is the costume director.

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Chorus member Maeli Carlson walks down the runway during a dress rehearsal of "Aida" at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
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Cast members dance on stage during a dress rehearsal of "Aida" at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
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Cast members of the upcoming musical entitled, "AIda," dance during a dress rehearsal at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
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Aida, played by Willmar High School senior Ceci Buzzeo, is surrounded at the conclusion of a song during a dress rehearsal of "Aida" at the Willmar High School Brau Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.
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Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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