Area students, in grades ranging from first to seventh, are preparing to put on a musical called "Louisiella," as part of a summer enrichment program.
Area students, in grades ranging from first to seventh, are preparing to put on a musical called "Louisiella," as part of a summer enrichment program. The story is a Louisiana take on the traditional Cinderella story. Lousiella lives with her evil stepmother and two stepsisters, down in the bayou. Her "Fairy Godmere," which is French for grandmother, grants her the means to go to the ball, which is a Mardi Gras celebration, set in New Orleans. Throughout the story are several songs, which exemplify the cajun motif, such as "Crawdaddy Crawl." With over 35 years of experience, Linda Frazier-Harris, who wrote the musical's dialogue and music, is directing "Louisiella," for the third year in a row. The students learned speaking parts, practiced songs and dances, and devised costumes and stage props. They had to learn to work together to make the musical come together. The theatre camp and performance were sponsored by Fort Polk Progress, the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce, and the Vernon Parish School Board. The final performance will be at 7 p.m. on July 14, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 604 South 5th Street, Leesville.