‘Nothing to Do’ is something special to see at the GILA theater

By KAITY ALBERT, staff writer


Galena students present Nothing to Do, a musical written and scored by Natalie Olender, a resident advisor at the Galena Interior Learning Academy’s Ptarmigan Hall.

The musical will be presented on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 24, 25 and 26). The performance starts each night at 7 p.m.

“It’s absolutely hilarious, and all the singing and acting are amazing. You will be able to witness students doing things they don’t normally do every day at school,” said Ms. Olender.

The musical is free of charge, but generous donations are greatly appreciated. Doors open at 6:40 p.m. every night.

Ms. Olender said she wrote the play loosely based off of Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing. She wrote the play over the Christmas vacation, and she and her students have been practicing the play since the beginning of January.

She said that many students and community members have put in a lot of effort and time into the play, doing things such as sewing new costumes and creating sets on stage.

“It feels great. It’s very exciting because it’s like a piece of you is going out into the world. What surprises me most is how into it and willing everyone has been, and the great response from the kids and community,” she said.

Why put in the effort?

“I wrote it because I used to do theatre in high school, and it was my favorite thing to do,” she said.