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High school musical features retro theme

Signpost photo by Wendy Spence
Some of the cast members of the Lord Dorchester musical Back to the ‘80s practise their moves along with choreographer Alyssa Kane during a rehearsal in the school gym.
by Wendy Spence

     It will be a “throwback Thursday” (and Wednesday and Friday) as Lord Dorchester students don acid washed jeans, parachute pants, leg warmers, a Michael Jackson glove and more for Back to the ‘80s, deemed to be a “totally awesome musical” by director and English and drama teacher, Michelle Murphy. Look for props, some on loan from parents, such as Rubik’s cubes, a light sabre and a ghetto blaster. No doubt, some of the students will be sporting big hair and mullets.
     Retro tunes including Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, Footloose by Kenny Loggins, Material Girl by Madonna as well as many other songs by artists including Wham, Michael Jackson and The Buggles will be featured in the production, with musical direction from LDSS music teacher James Callowhill.
     “The ‘80s is an era to which most kids and their parents can relate,” says Murphy. She explains that high school students are familiar with music and pop culture of the times, so it has a wide appeal.
     Students from grades 9 through 12 are involved in the show. There’s a cast of 22, plus many other students and teachers working behind the scenes on set construction and design, props, costumes, etc. Rehearsals began in October, starting with music, then adding vocals and choreography, and finally, acting.
     Murphy says, “The students are loving it and are very dedicated to the process.”
     Dress rehearsals will be held early next week and the show runs Wednesday, April 22 through Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the school gym. Tickets are available in advance and at the door.

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