BEREA, Ohio – Katelyn Baughman of Roseville was part of the cast and crew in the production of “5 New Musicals X 15 Minutes” during the spring 2021 semester at Baldwin Wallace University.

The 10th annual Baldwin Wallace University and Beck Center for the Arts collaboration was done in the form of virtual world premieres of five 15-minute brand new musicals chosen by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Baughman, a graduate of Crooksville High School majoring in music theatre, played the part of Katherine in “Perpetual Sunshine and the Ghost Girls.” The musical is about the capitalist exploitation of workers’ bodies and rights in the face of a national public health crisis.

The show is based on the true story of the women who fought United States Radium Corporation in the 1920s for knowingly poisoning them and subsequently changed United States labor laws forever.

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) created the “15-Minute Musical Challenge” to celebrate the power of musical theater during the spring of 2020 and to inspire creativity during the early days of social distancing. The creative teams behind the music, lyrics and performances of the virtual productions are award-winning, talented and diverse individuals.

The musicals were produced by Beck Center artistic director Scott Spence and BW Music Theatre (BWMT) director Victoria Bussert, who also directed one of the winning pieces, “Perpetual Sunshine and the Ghost Girls.”

“5 New Musicals X 15 Minutes” is one of an extensive number of performance experiences providing real-world opportunities for students in the Baldwin Wallace music theatre program.

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