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RMS hosts Very Hippie Spooktacular

Grizzly ghouls traveled to Russellville City Schools Auditorium Friday for a fright night of singing and dancing in A Very Hippie Spooktacular.

The performance, which featured the 120-member cast of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade choral students, focused on the music of the hippie era with a Woodstock medley, Hair medley and Beatles medley.

“We did great – way better than even I expected,” said choral director Emily Rush. “I think maybe the changes and the rain and moving it maybe turned out to be a really good thing.”

The show was originally scheduled for Thursday, but when the Friday night football game was re-scheduled for Thursday because of rain, the show took its place in the Friday night slot.

Rush said her students did not mind the change of dates, and the switch might have allowed some people to attend who normally would not have been able to come to a show during the week. The auditorium packed more than 600 in attendance.

The show cost $5 to attend to help offset costs of the production and raise money for upcoming shows, including the sixth grade’s 30-minute show “Sleeping Beauty,” the seventh and eighth grade’s hour musical “Aladdin Jr.” and the high school’s rendition of “Frozen Jr.”

Rush said A Very Hippie Spooktacular did not turn a large profit because of how grand the production was, but it did profit. Axis Sound and Lighting worked on the technical side of things for stage lighting and sound, and Russellville’s cosmetology students worked on hair and makeup for the cast members.

Eighth-grader Jacey Moore said of the three Spooktaculars she has performed in, this one was her favorite.

“There were a lot more people there than at our other shows, and it was a lot of fun too,” Moore said.