EAGLE RIVER - Many high school students choose to participate in winter sports. But some students at Northland Pines High School chose a more artistic way to get through the colder months: this year's musical, Cinderella.
The cast of Cinderella feels their involvement in the production has been a great experience, even though it can be nerve wracking.
"When it gets to be about the first 15 minutes before, right before I'm about to go on stage, that's when it really gets that shock of 'Oh, I'm about to go out in front of all these hundreds of people," said Luke Simons, who plays the prince.
After months of work, it's rewarding to see everything finally coming together.
"Just seeing all the kids grow and get used to being on stage. You see all the costumes come together and the props," said student director Rebekah Puffer.
Many of these kids are involved in multiple activities, which can cause even more stressful.
"It definitely is a balancing act for some of these kids," said choral director Kate Janssen. "They are athletes, lifting weights after school, involved in other sports, student council."
The kids started practicing in December. It has been a long but fun journey.
"We work so hard on this. Seriously, it's been months of every night for hours," said Madison Ludwig, who plays Cinderella. "I think we have a good group this year. It's really fun to perform."
"There's a lot of work put on from a lot of community members as well," said Simons. "And it's really a good time to come out and see all the work that everyone put in."
For Cinderella and the Prince, just remembering their lines can be the hardest part.
"There's so much that I need to remember when I'm onstage and when I'm off stage," said Ludwig.
"There are a lot of lines to memorize. I don't have it nearly as hard as Cinderella does," said Simons.
But, for all the hard work, performing in a musical has its benefits.
"It's a lot of fun, first of all," said Ludwig. "It helps you open up so you can talk in front of audiences and stuff."
The cast and crew are excited to show people a new version of a classic story.
"It's just a really well-known story by everybody," said Puffer. "It's easy to connect with it. It's fun."
"It's a young group," said Janssen. "It's been really exciting to see how they've brought this classic fairy tale to life in a relevant way, not just in a Disney way, but making it their own."
Cinderella opens Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Northland Pines High School Auditorium.
There are shows on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. There is a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for seniors.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.
The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning. About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.
The school first held Career Day in 2009. Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.
RHINELANDER - A former contracted janitor accused of sexually assaulting a Rhinelander student appears headed for a trial.
Stavros Iliopoulos appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday afternoon. Attorneys told Judge Michael Bloom they had not reached a plea deal. Bloom decided to schedule one final pre-trial conference for late August before a two-day jury trial was set for Sept. 4 and 5.
In late November, police said Iliopoulos, 65, took a girl into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately at Northwoods Community Elementary School, a public charter school in Harshaw.
Iliopoulos worked for a contracted company, Victory Janitorial, at the time.
LINCOLN CO. - The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office is calling a death east of Merrill on Thursday a homicide.
In a press release on Friday morning, the sheriff's office said a 77-year-old woman was found shot and killed around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday. In the same home, a 78-year-old man was found critically injured from a gunshot wound.
It happened at a home on Range Line Road in the Town of Pine River.
The sheriff's office said it believes the shooting is isolated and the public is not in danger.
The Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office and Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Lab worked to process the scene.
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.
Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.
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