LIVERMORE FALLS — High school students participating in a humanities seminar will see “Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark,” an aerial stunt-packed Broadway musical.

RSU 36 directors voted Feb. 10 to approve the 16th Annual Humanities Seminar, which includes the trip to New York City and seeing the $65 million show on April 7. It is the most expensive Broadway musical ever.

“It is something we are looking forward to,” adviser Anne Weatherbee told the school board. “It’s a fabulous opportunity.” It is the first time they’ve seen a first year opening show, she said.

The humanities seminar is open to seniors and juniors.

The rock musical that has been plagued with mishaps and injuries during rehearsals and performances, will open on Broadway on March 15.

According to information presented by two of four advisers for the program, Anne Weatherbee and Sue St. Pierre, the show draws from 40-plus years of Marvel comic books for inspiration.

“The musical follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside down — literally — when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling,” the literature states. “This bullied science-geek — suddenly endowed with astonishing powers — soon learns however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character.”

Prior to going to the show, students are required to commit to attendance at three evening seminars, prepare for and participate in all of the learning activities, pay $110 for their tickets, and pay toward a charter bus if sponsorships do not cover cost.

Weatherbee, St. Pierre, Kym Bryant, all teachers, and district media specialist Cathi Howell will hold seminar sessions. Those sessions are Introduction to Spiderman and group projects on Wednesday, March 16, group research and project development on Wednesday, March 23, and group presentations and trip planning on Wednesday, March 30.

Students are also required to get their schoolwork assigned for the two days they will be gone and complete it in a timely fashion.

[email protected]


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.