Pine City High School Presenting Musical Revue Coming This Saturday Night
The musical theatre program at Pine City High School has grown by leaps and
bounds over the past five years. There have been splashy productions like “Guys and Dolls,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Anything Goes,” the addition of a musical theatre course for senior high students, and regular field trips to all the major professional theatres in the Twin Cities. In fact, just this past
semester, students have taken in musicals as various as “The Scottsboro Boys,” “Billy Elliot,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Yet one of the most exciting additions to the program is the biennial musical
revue, launched in 2007, a student-produced variety show featuring talented vocal and instrumental music students performing Broadway hits of past and present. This one-night-only revue, dubbed “All That Jazz,” is free to the public and also features the talents of Pine City’s award-winning Jazz One.
This year’s revue promises to be the best to date. The 23 students enrolled in
the Musical Theatre class have been studying the history and craft of musicals for the past semester, and in recent weeks have been focusing on performance skills that culminate in the revue this Saturday. According to junior Jorie WIliamson, there’s something for everybody, “everything from beautiful solos to dances to hilarious duets.” Indeed, the concert will feature songs like “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables (the tune that made Britian’s Susan Boyle famous to the world) alongside hilarious acts like “Make ‘Em Laugh” from Singin’ in the Rain and “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better” from Annie Get Your Gun.
Senior Josh Palmer is appearing in his second musical revue, and he thinks this year’s “All That Jazz” will be even better than the one presented in 2009.
“There are a lot of talented, experienced people in the class this year, and we
have worked hard to be really well prepared,” says Palmer. This is especially
important since “All That Jazz” is primarily a student-produced program.
The students themselves select and rehearse the songs for the program.
In addition to songs from classic musicals like West Side Story and My Fair
Lady, the show will also feature material from Broadway’s more recent history. For example, a girls ensemble will present “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now” from Hairspray, while audiences will also hear the powerful “I Can Do Better Than That” from the off-Broadway favorite, The Last Five Years. There will even be an original song written and performed by budding songwriter Renee Schminkey entitled, “Something Something Angela.”
Senior Aaron Nisley also points out that the revue will feature a variety of
instrumental pieces as well as vocal solos and duets. Nisley not only plays
bari sax in Jazz One but will also be a member of a saxophone quartet playing
the hauntingly beautiful “My Funny Valentine” from the 1930 s Rodgers and Hart classic, Babes in Arms. Students will also show off their talents by putting together a jazz-flute duet of “On the Street Where You Live” and a Dixieland Jazz Combo rendition of “High Society.”
“All That Jazz” is directed by Bradley Mariska, and takes place at the Pine City
Elementary Auditorium this Saturday, January 8 at 7:00pm. Admission is free and the 90-minute show is appropriate for all ages.