BY RUTH RICE
Local theater arts will flourish at an area arts center.
The fourth annual Showcase of the Stars will be presented at 7 p.m. May 18 at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township.
The area’s best high school musicals will come to life onstage as students perform selections from their 2012-2013 musical season.
Presenting snippets of their high school musicals will be students from Bedford, Berlin Brothersvalley, Bishop Carroll Catholic, Bishop McCort Catholic, Cambria Heights, Conemaugh Valley, Greater Johnstown, Penn Cambria, Richland and Westmont Hilltop.
Each school will be allotted about 15 minutes to give a synopsis and display of their production and to perform their song selections with live musicians backing them up.
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.
Katie Spiri, the director for Berlin Brothersvalley’s production of “Anything Goes,” said the school has participated in every showcase.
“At first, we didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “They were amazed when they saw how big the backstage area was. They were so excited to perform here.”
Spiri explained that students are able to watch the performances of all the other schools except the one right before theirs.
“The performing students are in the balcony and go backstage from there,” she said.
“Seeing the others onstage gets them excited for their performance.”
Spiri said students are excited to see what others have done, sometimes hoping they never have to do a certain show and other times wanting to do the same play at their school.
“This gives them ideas other than what they’ve done at their school,” she said.
The showcase gives students an opportunity for one final performance of their play.
“This is a great experience for students and parents,” Spiri said.
Scott D. Miller, director of Richland Performing Arts, shares Spiri’s appreciation.
“We are grateful to be participating once again in the Showcase of the Stars,” he said. “It is remarkable to live in a community where the arts truly do come alive on one stage at the showcase.”
Tickets will be available at the door, but seats are reserved, so Spiri encourages her students to tell their parents to purchase tickets ahead of time.
Students from Bedford High will travel the Yellow Brick Road with their presentation of “The Wizard of Oz.” Selected songs are “If I Only Had a Brain,” “If I Were King of the Forest” and “The Jitterbug.”
Students from Berlin Brothersvalley High School described their play, “Anything Goes,” as “Titanic” without the iceberg and sinking. Songs will be “DeLovely,” “Friendship,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “Let’s Step Out” and “Anything Goes.”
“The Wedding Singer,” the tale of the wedding singer left at the altar and falling in love again, will be presented by students from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. Songs will include “It’s Your Wedding Day,” “Casualty of Love,” “Come Out of the Dumpster” and “Grow Old With You.”
The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” will be presented by students from Bishop McCort Catholic High School. Selections will be “Canticle and Alleluia,” “The Sound of Music,” “Maria,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “So Long, Fare-well,” “No Way to Stop It,” “An Ordinary Couple,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Every Mountain.”
Students from Cambria Heights High School will perform a medley of songs from “Sweeney Todd,” the demon barber of Fleet Street, a musical thriller set in 19th century England.
“Footloose,” the stage adaptation of the ’80s classic, will be presented by students from Conemaugh Valley High School. Their selection will feature a medley of most of the songs, including “Footloose,” “I Need a Hero” and “Let’s Hear it for the Boy.”
“Legally Blonde the Musical,” the story of a ditzy sorority girl turned lawyer, will be presented by students from Greater Johnstown High School. Songs will include “Omigod You Guys!” “Bend and Snap” and “So Much Better.”
“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 Penn Cambria High School. Selections will include “Singing Belle,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest,” “Maison de Line” and “If I Can't Love Her.”
Students from Richland High School will present selections from “On the Town,” the story of three American sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City during wartime 1944.
Song selections will include “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town” and an “On the Town” medley.
Selections from “Into the Woods,” which weaves elements of five well-known fairy tales into a complex, cautionary tale of choices and consequences, will be presented by students from Westmont Hilltop High School.
What: Showcase of the Stars
Where: Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.
When: 7 p.m. May 18.
Information: 269-7200, 800-846-2787 or www.upjarts.org.
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