Two Wisconsin Schools to Perform Disney's The Little Mermaid and Hello, My Baby at Thespian Festival

Two Wisconsin Schools to Perform Disney's The Little Mermaid and Hello, My Baby at Thespian Festival

Students rehearsing HELLO! MY BABY at Indian Trail High School and Academy in preparation for the International Thespian Festival 2015.


The following is an article from Wisconsin's WITI Fox 6, about two brand new high school productions of Hello, My Baby and Disney's The Little Mermaid making their way to the International Thespian Festival.

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KENOSHA — Singing, dancing, and acting — these students can do it all, and they’re about to do it on a national stage!

“I’m very very proud of them and I’m very excited and we haven’t stopped working,” said writer of “Hello! My Baby” Cheri Steinkellner.

It’s that hard work that has gotten them to the top, as Indian Trail High School and Academy is one out of 11 schools in the country selected to perform in front of thousands of students and teachers from around the world at the Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“We got a text from our stage manager saying that we made it and it was a huge deal and I was in my classroom and I was yelling and my teacher was like what are you doing?” said Haley Wolf, a junior at Indian Trail.

“It’s kind of like being a theater kid and a rock star at the biggest concert of your life. It’s huge!” said Steinkellner.

But Indian Trail isn’t the only Kenosha school going! Bradford High School also got accepted for its rendition of “The Little Mermaid.

“All of the hard work and everything is finally getting there and it’s paying off and we’re just super excited to do this,” said James Booker, a junior at Kenosha Bradford.

Bradford students attended the festival last year, but this is Indian Trail’s first year and they got a big name to help them out.

“It’s all kinds of love and comedy and romance and farce and great music,” said Steinkellner.

Steinkellner wrote “Hello! My Baby” — the show that got Indian Trail into the festival.

Steinkellner is known for her writing on the hit show “Cheers” and from “Sister Act: The Musical,” but working with kids is her real passion.

“There’s what you do to make a living and there’s what I did for love and this is what I did for love,” said Steinkellner.

That love is leading her and one talented group of young actors to Lincoln, Nebraska.

Students at Indian High School and Academy and Bradford High School will be hoping on a bus on Monday at 1:00 a.m. to head to Lincoln, Nebraska and they’ll be performing at the end of the week.

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