4-H Arts-In musical features talented cast

Choreography for the musical takes advantage of the teens’ high energy levels.

When they delivered their lines and when they sang, they looked so happy to be part of this year’s Arts-In performance. When these 52 energetic teens danced, the joy spread through the park pavilion.

The Washington County 4-H Arts-In 2012 performance was an uplifting story performed with gusto.

Josiah White of Hugo will attend the University of Wisconsin at River Falls this fall.

The half-hour musical “Five Flags” tells the story of a failing amusement park that is about to be closed.  Between visits of the management team, the park workers implement a few changes.

The seven song titles serve as a good summary of the kind of musical this is: “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Dynamite,” “Dance Evolution,” “Pure Imagination,” “We Can Work It Out,” and “All for One.” These are songs that require confident band, chorus, and soloists, and the 4-H kids did not disappoint.

Josephine Hudoba of East Bethel will be a 10th grader at Forest Lake High School.

Arts-In performers are in grades 8 and up. Seventh-graders help with props, sound, lighting and costumes. The performance was staged nine times at the Washington County Fair.  If you missed all those, be sure to catch this group at the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday, Aug 26.