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military helicoptersJOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) When Lauren Morus was planning for the 2017 spring musical at Conemaugh Valley High School, she knew a youth movement was in order.

Several sixth graders have joined the cast of school production of Pan dancing and singing alongside stage veterans in the upper grades.

are really for seventh through 12th grades, Morus, the district elementary music teacher, said. last year, so many great seniors graduated. And I was thinking about, how do we grow this program even more?

knew this group of sixth graders very well. Many of them probably 90 percent of the students I had since kindergarten. So I decided to open up the auditions to the younger kids because I knew this is a good class. Many of the younger performers will play the roles of the boys or the pirates on Captain Hook crew.

At Conemaugh Township Area High School in Davidsville, the cast of Get Your Gun includes junior high as well as senior high age performers.

not much available for them to do at that age, director Mari Grace Lingenfelter, Conemaugh Township drama and music teacher, said of her seventh and eighth grade cast members.

you can get them interested and involved in seventh or eighth grade,
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they really stay with it, Lingenfelter said. if we don get them by this age, we might lose them. and leadership

Casadie Miller, a Conemaugh Township seventh grader, is participating in her first high school musical.

She said the cast older members have not made her feel like an outsider.

got to whip them into shape! Cekada said with a laugh.

trying to prepare the best we can with the dancing and their lines and making sure they feel comfortable, she said, adding: think it great having them in the play. They all bring their own little stuff that maybe we don bring, and maybe that youthful spirit. And I think that really great. Skovensky, a sixth grader playing a boy at Conemaugh Valley, said younger cast members have the opportunity to develop maturity along with enhancing their stage skills.

seniors have been so nice to us. They really helped us, she said. learning to play the part of a leader. and hard work
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