In the 608: VAHS students excited for the return of in-person shows


VERONA, Wis. – Students are gearing up for the first in-person musical at the new Verona Area High School. We reported earlier this spring on last school year’s virtual performance.

Instead of sitting empty, the stage is set for opening night Thursday of the fall musical “Xanadu.”

“Xanadu” is a Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you. Director and choreographer Brian Cowing says this choice couldn’t be any more fitting with what the last eighteen months brought to these students with the pandemic.

“Just the energy that these kids give off, and to be back with an audience, they’re so ready for it,” Cowing said. “We’ve been planning from this last summer all the way through this moment, and we’re so excited to be here.”

Students tell News 3 Now they’re excited to see the faces again in the crowd of the Performing Arts Center, as it’s been two years since their last in-person event.

More than 40 students are part of the cast and production team. There will be a few differences this time around, such as everyone, even the cast, being required to wear masks.

For VAHS senior Lora Reinfeldt, being back on the stage is everything she’s been dreaming of since last being in front of an audience as a sophomore in 2019.

“The last time I had an in-person audience I was a sophomore, and now I’m graduating so it’s a bit crazy,” Reinfeldt. “But I’m very excited to have that energy back. I’ve definitely missed it a lot. It’s one of the first joys of performing for me.”

You can catch the fall musical each night from Oct. 7th-9th at 7 p.m. There’s also a matinée set for Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available.