Lee’s Summit teen enjoys melodrama

rpulley@lsjournal.comNovember 15, 2013 

Bethany Miscannon used to be a shy girl, certainly not vaudeville material.

That was then.

This month the Lee’s Summit teen is debuting in “Rudolph the Recycled Reindeer!”

She’ll sing, dance, and has learned to play water glasses for the Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Co. production that starts this month.

Bethany, 15, is a student at O’Hara High School and daughter of Jan and David Miscannon of Lee’s Summit.

She’ll be Vixen, a reindeer obsessed with texting.

“Melodrama is over the top, crazy acting, instead of looking at each other, we’re looking at the audience,” Bethany said. She said the vaudeville portion of the show is witty, unexpected jokes, skits and songs.

On water glasses, she and other cast members will play the Baby Elephant Walk and a caroling medley.

She said she doesn’t recall being that shy. Being in the show, working with adults, expands her horizons, she said.

“It’s been a really good experience, I’ve met a lot of great people I wouldn’t normally have met,” Bethany said.

She also takes voice lessons at Shining Light Music in Lee’s Summit.

The melodrama’s artistic director, Jeanne Beechwood, said Bethany has a real understanding of comic timing and melodrama.

David Miscannon said he and Jan decided to enroll her in the melodrama’s annual comedy camp seven years ago because she was so shy and they wanted her to build confidence. “She sure has it now, she loves it,” David Miscannon said.

Martin City’s Christmas production runs Nov. 22 to Jan. 1, reservations are required; call 913-642-7576 for seats. For more information go to: www.martincitymelodram

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