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Norwalk High School Musical “Anastasia”

Norwalk choir students reflect on their 2024 show
Kyle Erickson
Noah Fox (left) and Vincent Martin open the shows on Friday, April 26th, at the Norwalk Performing Arts Center. Fox and Martin are both seniors who played lead roles in Anastasia this year.

Members of the Norwalk High School choir polished a production of Anastasia on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at the Norwalk Performing Arts Center. What the audience didn’t see was the hundreds of hours put into the show to bring it to life.

Nathanael Smale has been directing at Norwalk High School for 5 years now and enjoys being a teacher for multiple choir activities such as choir, show choir, and the musical.

Smale said he has also helped out with other Norwalk musicals such as Seussical, Once Upon A Mattress, and Mean Girls.

“I always loved directing musicals,” Smale said. “My favorite part of the musical is when everything gets put together. Seeing it all together for the first time, and seeing how hard these kids work is very special.”

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Jacie Ommen was the main director of the musical this year. Ommen said this was her first year as not only the lead director of the musical, but also at Norwalk High School in general.

“I am proud of the work these kids put in,” she said. “It is a very long and difficult process to practice and prepare for a musical and the students handled it very well.”

Vincent Martin, senior at Norwalk, said this was his first lead role in a musical. Martin said he played the character Vladimir “Vlad” Popov.

“I love working with my friends the most,” Martin said. “It was a great way to bond with multiple people and make more connections through music.”

Another senior at Norwalk, Noah Fox, said this was his fourth musical that he has been a part of. Fox also played a lead role as the character Dimitri Sudayev.

“I love performing in front of a big audience,” he said. “I love being able to act and getting to be in a different person’s shoes when I’m on stage.”

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Kyle Erickson
Kyle Erickson, Staff Writer
Kyle Erickson is a senior at NHS and a staff writer for The Spear. This is Kyle’s first year in journalism and joined because quote, “I really have a passion for hockey and I feel like if I take journalism class I can get closer to that sport and share my ideas about it more.” Some other passions Kyle enjoys are marching band, show choir, and concert choir. Kyle is a big hockey fan and supports North Dakota for college and the Las Vegas Golden Knights for the professional level. Kyle also enjoys action and comedy movies and his favorite movie is “Die Hard.” An interesting fact about Kyle is that he is afraid of some waterslides. Another hobby Kyle likes is going on walks with himself and with his dog Mavrick.
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