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STORY BY HOJUN CHOI | PHOTOS BY LANDON FISHER ROCKWALL SUMMER MUSICALS, YEAR-ROUND WORK RARELY STOPS FOR CITY’S TOP-QUALITY BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS R ockwall Summer Musicals, despite its name, has been working tirelessly during its offseason to bring fresh theater productions to the area, and looking forward to the shows that it has planned for the season. Barbara Doudt, vice president of the musicals group, said actors from the local schools as well as from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area help put on productions for the Rockwall community. “When we’re not performing, we’re preparing for the summer,” Doudt said. “It’s almost a year-round job.” The local organization is in its ninth season, and has been bringing Broadway shows to Rockwall, Texas. With the continued growth in the area, the group has also been ramp- ing up its efforts to foster a love of theater in the area. Each year the organization per- forms two shows at the Rockwall High School Performing Arts Center at Herman E. Utley Middle School. The first of its two shows this year will be “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a musical based on an award-win- ning 1967 film of the same name. Music for the stage adaptation was created by Jeanine Tesori, with Dick Scanlan writing the lyrics. Guest Director Joseph Jones will be in charge of the Rockwall musical group’s first show of 2019, sched- uled June 21-23 and again from June 28-30. Doudt will be directing the Amer- ican classic, “Annie,” for the group’s second show of the year, which is CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE SPRING 2019 On the Horizon 7