Alec Wilken, who portrays Tom, a teacher nervous and fearful about his impending first day as an elementary school teacher, second from left, is helped by imaginary characters from Schoolhouse Rock, a 1970s educational program that taught by using music. From left, Ashlyn Witt as Dori, Haleigh Carson as Shulie, and Hannah Henderson as Dina sing “Unpack Your Adjectives” during the dress rehearsal Thursday of the Smith-Cotton Junior High School production of “Schoolhouse Rock Live.” The show will be at 7 p.m. today and Saturday in the school's auditorium. Tickets are $5.
Students work off nervous energy by rehearsing a musical number in the green room while waiting for the start of dress rehearsal. About 25 students have been rehearsing for 10 weeks, said the play's director, Teri Turner, the school's director of speech
If ever there was an example of laughing about pain, eighth-grader and chorus member Stephanie Barnier exhibits it as she has her hair steam-curled by Mackenzie Westphal and hair sprayed by Wendsday Thompson, left, prior to dress rehearsal.