Costumes for All Occasions, a shop in Washington Court House, recently supplied costumes for a production of “The Music Man” that was held over 6,000 miles away in Italy.
Naples Middle High School (NMHS) recently performed Meredith Wilson’s production of “The Music Man,” where costumes from the Washington C.H. store were featured.
“It was a first rate production across the board, I really enjoyed the show,” Capt. Douglas Carpenter, commanding officer, NSA in Naples, Italy said. “It is amazing to me that a costume shop over 6,000 miles away was able to nail the period outfits required for the musical. I can only imagine the commitment and the coordination that was required to make it a reality. This type of dedication really paved the way for the actors to shine in this fantastic production that our military community here in Naples, Italy thoroughly enjoyed.”
When interviewed, Carl Albrecht, DoDDs Superintendent Mediterranean District, remarked, “As a long time school administrator I’ve attended many school drama/musical productions and always with the enthusiasm to see what our students and teachers can do. Naples Middle High School’s production and presentation of The Music Man goes to the all-around top of the list – the lighting, the sound, the costumes, direction, staging, and dancing – the incredible acting and singing. My only regret is to not have seen it every night!”
Diana Carl, a resident of Washington C.H., studies abroad in Italy. She is currently a junior at NMHS and was honored to appear in “The Music Man” as female lead Marian Paroo. Her previous high school musical theater performance includes the role of Belle in “Beauty & the Beast.”
Diana is in her third year of advanced choir at NMHS and was recently selected to perform in the DoDDS-European Honors Music Festival in Germany. Diana will spend her senior year in a career practicum program shadow teaching with music director Amanda Underwood at Naples Elementary School. She then plans to pursue a degree in music education and performance. She is extremely grateful to God for giving her the musical talent and abilities to perform in His honor.
Diana said she is also thankful to director Lisa Corey for guiding her and to her parents, Charles and Marie Carl, who have always been her greatest love and support.