TRUCKEE, Calif. — Ladies and gentlemen, take your seats. The family-friendly spring musical is about to begin. Colorful costumes, resounding voices and contagious songs will soon fill the Truckee High School theater as the hard work of 30 students comes to fruition on May 10, the opening night of “Best of Broadway!”
“Since February, performers in the Truckee High School Drama Club have been rehearsing 15 hours per week to orchestrate what just might be their most challenging and rewarding performance yet – a compilation of songs and dances from great Broadway hits including Chicago, A Chorus Line, Hair, Mama Mia, Rent, Spring Awakening and other favorites,” said Barbara Wilkinson, this year’s producer. “In addition, our backstage talent and stagehands are hard at work preparing for the six incredible performances we have planned for this year’s spring musical.”
Dancers from InnerRythms Dance Centre will perform in a number of songs including “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago.” Inner Rhythms’ director Elizabeth Archer is the choreographer for “Best of Broadway”.
The show’s volunteer vocal coach Linda Saxton, youth program director at the Nevada Opera, brings more than 35 years of musical expertise to the production.
Costumes, designed by volunteer Jennifer Boehm, will vary from one scene to the next as the eras depicted in the various featured musicals – expect to see everything from flapper-style dresses to bohemian and hippie outfits to present-day street wear.
In years past community members, students and parents have filled the theater to sell out the shows. Tickets are available at Truckee Community Recreation Center, located off the Pioneer Center round-a-bout at 8924 Donner Pass Road. Tickets will also be available each night of performance at the door (if they have not already sold out).
Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on May 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. There is a special Mother’s Day Matinee at 2 p.m. on May 12. Mother’s Day roses will be available for sale at the matinee. Each show’s intermission features a bake sale with homemade delicacies. There will be a raffle each night for items and gift certificates from local businesses with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the Drama Club. Local businesses can support youth and the arts though donations of cash or items for the silent auction.
For more information contact Wilkinson at 530-386-1929.