Middle school students have Broadway spirit

Mar 13, 2014
Courtesy of: Ellen Curtis Camden-Rockport Middle School students practice for an upcoming performance of Broadway tunes.

Rockport — Camden-Rockport Middle School will perform its biannual musical revue Thursday and Friday, March 27 and 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Strom Auditorium at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Approximately a quarter of the student body has been involved in the production of the revue. Everyone from actors and singers to set designers and tech crew have been busy, up to six days a week, preparing for the show. Students in the cast are learning music, choreography, blocking and gathering costumes. Students in the tech crew are making posters and props, T-shirts, and learning details of backstage planning.

"The Spirit of Broadway," will feature Broadway show music, with a solo by Danny Cayouette singing "All Good Gifts," as well as a duet by Eben Merrifield and Audrey Clement singing "Music of the Night." There are also many small group numbers featuring students in sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade performing songs such as “You’re Never Fully Dressed” and “Grease Lightning.” Full cast numbers include more than 60 students singing and dancing  and will further the Broadway experience with songs such as “Rhythm of Life” from Sweet Charity and “Give my Regards to Broadway” from Little Johnny Jones.

The songs are entwined together through an original story line about a young man named Maxwell and his high school classmates who discover the depth of musical theater through a history class and trips to a local haunted theater.

Many community members and parents are volunteering to help with the production. The musicians include Susan Iltis on piano, Max McFarland on bass, Jeff Densmore on drums and Matt Smith on guitar. Kristi Williamson is working on choreography. The director is Allysa Anderson, tech director is Erma Colvin and the drama coach is Julia Olsen.

Tickets are $8 for adults, free for children younger than 5, and are available at HAV II and the CRMS main office.

Nearly a quarter of all Camden-Rockport Middle School students are participating in the upcoming Broadway-themed musical. (Photo by: Ellen Curtis)
Camden-Rockport Middle School students rehearse for the upcoming Broadway-themed musical. (Photo by: Ellen Curtis)
Camden-Rockport Middle School students rehearse for the upcoming Broadway-themed musical. (Photo by: Ellen Curtis)
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