The cast consists of 19 students from seven schools throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. They have been rehearsing for two months to bring the adaptation of the Tim Burton hit to the stage.
Graham Northrup is the director of education for Theatre Aspen. He said the conservatory program, which is geared towards 7th to 12th grade students, teaches skills that are applicable beyond performing. Plus, it creates lifelong theater advocates.
“Regardless, if they continue to act or participate in theater they will always have a fondness for theater and be patrons,” Northrup said.
Several of the cast members are going on to study theater after graduating. Lead cast member Lyon Hamill just won the top prize at the state thespian convention.