The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 8, 2014

Curtains rising | Students in region rehearsing for high school musicals, plays

A variety of performances that promise to be entertaining will be presented by students in the region’s high schools. A production schedule is below.


“Anything Goes”

“Anything Goes” is a comedy set to the music of Cole Porter. An evangelist-turned-nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney, and his Angels; a lovelorn stockbroker, Billy Crocker, wooing a lovely debutante, Hope Harcourt; the debutante’s mother, Mrs. Harcourt, and Hope’s British fiance, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, a gangster disguised as a minister; and Moonface Martin with his sidekick, Bonnie, all turn up on a luxury cruise liner bound from New York to London to sing, dance and romance.

“We look forward to the challenge ‘Anything Goes’ presents because of having numerous choreographed dance numbers.”

Melissa Wingard and Rodney Berkey, directors

Berlin Brothersvalley


“Seussical” is based on the works of Dr. Seuss and weaves together his most famous tales and characters from at least 15 of his books. The show follows the adventures of Horton, an elephant who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. He soon discovers that within this tiny speck exists the smallest planet in the universe. On this tiny planet lives a tiny race of creatures known as Whos. Although ridiculed by the other animals in the Jungle of Nool for believing in something he cannot see, Horton stubbornly persists in his belief that the Whos exist. Traveling everywhere from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott’s Pool, some of the characters fall in love, some have desperate adventures and some even save the world.

“Students of all ages are involved in our production of ‘Seussical,' and we are all working hard to prepare for our upcoming performances. The cast is diligently working at learning the music and clever Dr. Seuss’ lyrics. As a director, it is always wonderful to see students from many different groups (and this year, different ages) coming together for the love of theater, to tell a remarkable story onstage. From our youngest cast member, JoJo, played by third-grader Caden Montgomery to the veterans of the stage, Jacob Emerick (The Cat) and Ben Clegg (Horton), everyone is truly putting forth their best effort. The show is a wonderful celebration of Dr. Seuss’ characters and stories and will be entertaining for audience members of any age.

Katie Spiri, director

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