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Local success for Puberty the Musical Creators seek to expand reach

Tea Area High School students presented “Puberty the Musical” April 21-23.

The musical was directed by Janice Gilbert, with assistant director Katie Knock. Set design and production was done by Mark and Coleman Peterson.

Shannon Dancler and Coleman Peterson choreographed the musical. Paul McCarvel of PM Music provided sound and lights.

Pit musicians included Gilbert, Mary Beth Sutton, Mikah Hagenlock and Trevor Swenson.

Dawson Johnson, Mya Haupt, Elisa Hillman, Trevor Hewitt, Claire Godber, Jasmine Langner, Abby Klocke, Mikayla Wevik, Emily Christensen, Madison Christensen, Cari Hansen and Chantelle Stucky served as crew and makeup.

The musical was written by senior Coleman Peterson and choir teacher Janice Gilbert. The two have started a kickstarter campaign to raise $6,000 to professionally record the soundtrack to pitch it to publishers by the end of the summer. The amount is the minimum amount needed to finish the project.

To contribute to the kickstarter campaign, go to They have incentives for different levels of pledges. If they do not hit their target, they receive none of the funds that were pledged.

As of April 27 (day two of their efforts), they had 11 backers that had pledged $705.

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