The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 3, 2014

Showcase of the Stars | Area high school students will present snippets from performances


JOHNSTOWN — Area high school students will have an opportunity for one final performance of their play.

The fifth annual Showcase of the Stars will be presented at 7 p.m. May 17 at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township.

Some are high school musicals will come to life onstage as students perform selections from their 2013-2014 musical season.

Presenting snippets of their high school musicals will be students from Bedford Area, Berlin Brothersvalley, Bishop Carroll Catholic, Bishop McCort Catholic, Cambria Heights, Conemaugh Valley, Greater Johnstown, Penn Cambria, North Star, Richland, Tussey Mountain and Westmont Hilltop.

Each school will be allotted 15 to 20 minutes to give a synopsis and perform a medley of their songs.

Michael Bodolosky, arts center executive director, sends out information on the showcase to area schools each year and lets them decide whether they want to participate.

“This year, we have a variety of schools doing classic musicals like “South Pacific” and “Anything Goes” and more modern ones like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Little Shop of Horrors,” Bodolosky said.

“This will be an evening of diversity for the audience and a way to support local arts. We have an eclectic group of really talented kids.”

Students from Bishop McCort Catholic will go back to the 1920s to present “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

“Our production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ was an absolute smashing hit,” said director Jean Arcurio.

“Everyone from cast to crew had a wonderful time presenting this fun, frolicking show about women finding their place in the 1920s workplace.”    

“Complete with intertwining love plots, flabber girls and a crazy has-been actress who runs a hotel for women, Millie finds her true love in the end.”

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented by students from Cambria Heights.

About 80 cast and crew members from grades 6-12 will perform a medley of songs from the musical, which was presented at Cambria Heights in April.  

“We always enjoy participating in the Showcase of the Stars as the event is a wonderful opportunity for local musical theater students to support each other and each other’s productions in a noncompetitive atmosphere,” said director Patricia Stiles.

“The event showcases the best of the best of musical theater, and it never fails to amaze me the number of talented and dedicated young thespians in the area. It also is very encouraging, in light of recent cuts to education budgets, that so many local schools see the value of musical theater programs and have maintained support of musical theater. The lessons learned through participation in musical theater are essential life lessons that will serve these young people well.”

“Anything Goes,” the story of life aboard the luxury cruise liner SS American, will be presented by                students from Bedford Area High School.

Students from Berlin Brothersvalley will delve into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss when they present selections from “Seussical.”

“Little Shop of Horrors,” the comedy horror rock musical featuring a man-eating plant, will be presented by students from Bishop Carroll Catholic.

Students from Conemaugh Valley will bring 1950s high school to the present in “Grease.”

“Beauty and the Beast,” the romantic fantasy of a young woman who must learn to love a prince under a spell, will be presented by students from two schools, Greater Johnstown and Windber Area.

Students from North Star will perform selections from “Damn Yankees,” the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil so his team can win a baseball game.

Students from Penn Cambria will follow the Yellow Brick Road as they present selections from “Wizard of Oz.”

“Bye Bye Birdie,” the story of Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley-like singer who is drafted into the Army, will be presented by students from Richland.

“The Secret Garden” will be performed by students from Tussey Mountain.

Students from Westmont Hilltop will present the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific.”

Tickets will be available at the door, but seats are reserved.

Bodolosky encourages those who wish to attend to reserve their seats early.

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Play it again

What: Showcase of the Stars.

When: 7 p.m. May 17.

Where: Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Tickets: $10.

Information: 269-7200 or