Southeast students get Broadway experience

“Going to watch something like Phantom of the Opera is a cultural experience most of these kids don’t typically get,” Mr. Gary Leiker said of a recent trip to Kansas City to see the famous play. “The sets, the costumes, and special effects are spectacular – exactly what you would expect to see on Broadway. The music is amazing and the acting is stellar.”

On February 9, Mr. Leiker took 17 Southeast High School students to see a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Municipal Auditorium Music Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The production is a part of the Kansas City Broadway Series.

“The kids absolutely enjoyed the performance,” Mr. Leiker said. “I asked them at intermission what they liked and it was like listening to kids talk about the present they just opened at Christmas.”

Mr. Leiker said venues such as the Music Hall book performances for an entire season – fall through the spring.

“This year, Phantom of the Opera is one of about a half dozen performances scheduled there,” Mr. Leiker said. “When I saw it was coming to Kansas City, I knew I needed to share this experience with students. Sharing opportunities like the Phantom of the Opera with students is by far one of the highlights of the school year for me.”

Attending the production were seniors Will Deckard, Morgan Leeper, Ryley Slifka and Madison Westervelt; juniors Tanner Johnston, Robyn Nabors, Sydney Nippoldt and Logan Skeen; sophomores Amanda Becker, Candice Brynds, Isabella Friemel, Julie Martin, Brody Newswander, Peyton Simpson and Daria Stricklin; and, freshmen Emily Grant and Kylie Myers.

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