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February 11, 2014

Ada resident directing ‘Potter’ musical

Ada — Zach Garcia sat on the edge of the stage, with a guitar in its case at his side.

As the accompanist launched into a song from “An Adaptation of a Very Potter Musical,” Garcia stood up and started singing. After several bars, another actor joined him on stage and their voices blended in song.

The curtain rose, and the stage filled with singing and dancing actors playing students at Hogwarts, the fictional school that serves as the setting for the Harry Potter books.

Garcia and his cast were rehearsing the opening song from “An Adaptation of a Very Potter Musical,” which he adapted from the original script of “A Very Potter Musical.” Garcia is also the director, overseeing every aspect of the show.

The Ada resident, who is a sophomore majoring in vocal music education at East Central University, said the show is bound to appeal to fans of the popular Harry Potter series. He noted that the show uses plot points and characters from several books in the series.

“For someone that’s familiar with the book, it takes a totally hilarious spin on everything you know from it,” he said in a Feb. 6 interview. “It’ll be great.”

The show runs March 6-8 at the Dorothy Summers Theater, located on the ECU campus. There is no charge for admission.

 

Putting it together

Garcia started adopting the script for “A Very Potter Musical” in August 2013, hoping to trim the running time from two and a half hours to a little under two hours. He hit a snag when Starkid Productions — the Michigan-based theater company that produced the original show — was embroiled in a copyright dispute with Warner Brothers, which owned the rights to the material.

Garcia finished his adaptation by fall break in 2013, and the copyright dispute between Starkid and Warner Bros. was eventually resolved. That allowed Garcia and his cast to move ahead with rehearsals.

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