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Happily ever after

While most Thomson High School students enjoyed a furlough day Friday, the musical theater students spent 31/2 hours polishing their roles for today's opening performance of Cinderella. They returned Saturday for four hours. Practice, practice, practice.

Director Pam McCorkle believes in getting musical theater right.

"I love it," McCorkle said.

McCorkle, who teaches musical theater at Thomson, remembers attending a performance of Camelot at Thomson High School her senior year at Evans High School, in 1977.

"Thomson has a long reputation of outstanding theater," she said.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic will be performed at 7 p.m. today through Saturday. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $10 for reserved seating.

Senior Sarah Blasingame, who plays the title role, performed in Once Upon a Mattress as a freshman and in Footloose as a sophomore. She spent six weeks last summer honing her acting skills at the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

She has been accepted at Young Harris College and recently auditioned for a fine arts scholarship. In her spare time, she works at LMN Pharmacy.

"I'm good at multitasking," Blasingame said.

Senior Charles Cox, who has appeared in Little House of Horrors and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, plays Prince Charming. Cox has been accepted to Augusta State University and Young Harris.

Also in the cast are junior Ethan Dowler, as the king; senior Brooke Barnhill, the stepmother; senior Caitlin Wells, the fairy godmother; junior Taylor Whitaker, the queen; junior Joey Mayfield, Lionel; senior Christen Eller, stepsister; and senior Jada Butler, stepsister.

McCorkle majored in voice at ASU and has been involved in local theater since graduation. She has performed with the Augusta Players, the Augusta Opera, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre and more recently Le Chat Noir.

She taught chorus at Greenbrier High School for five years and at Harlem High School for two years.

She said she had the honor of working with Roy Lewis, the drama director at Harlem, for more than 20 years.

Harlem captured first place in the one-act competition this year, beating Davidson Fine Arts. Thomson finished fifth.

McCorkle praised those who have worked hours behind the scenes, including Janie Kate Blasingame, costume design; Rebecca Cox, animal costume design; Tony Arrington, set construction; Tammy Story, set design; Jessie Morlan, music arrangement; Christy Donovan, assistant director; Becky Morlan, choreography; Claudia Wells, set painting; and Rebekkah Teboe.

Sarah Blasingame said her family purchased the wedding dress for $99 with plans to wear it at a wedding one day. Her mother, Janie Kate, reconstructed the dress for the performance.

Two years ago, Thomson and Briarwood both performed Footloose as their spring musical. This spring, Briarwood is performing The Sound of Music .

Web posted on Thursday, March 17, 2011

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