Originally Published: May 13, 2004 7 a.m.
PRESCOTT – The 130 students in Prescott High School's (PHS) choral program will delight audiences Friday in what will prove an outstanding production of "Movie Magic," a collection of popular show tunes, sung and danced in the typically classy, talented fashion of the school's shows.
The show includes selections from "Somewhere Out There," "Guys and Dolls," "Grease," "My Fair Lady," "West Side Story," Newsies" and other MGM classics.
The entire musical show radiates clear notes and crisp choreography, and the background singers and dancers play just as important a role as the leads do.
"Somewhere Out There," featuring soloist T.J. Hartline, the duo of Mattie Dundas and Brittany Foglia and the senior class of 2004, opens the show with a chills-inducing chorus bringing life and character to the lilting music.
Several numbers from "Guys and Dolls" follow, with a piece sung by student Bliss Streetman as Adelaide stealing the spotlight in humor and technique. While some of the other sections of "Guys and Dolls," featuring a lesser number of performers, have potential, it's a bit difficult to understand the lyrics.
Andrea Barnes as Sandy in "Grease" performs wonderfully, her crystal-clear voice rising above, yet complementing the strength of the chorus. Patrick DuHaime as Danny does just as well, adding extra spunk to the role as the tough guy with the nice voice.
Sawyer Stroud gives a touching rendition of "On the Street Where You Live" as part of "My Fair Lady."
"West Side Story" brings some color in costume and speed in choreography to the stage, accentuated by the fun, funny and in-character voices of Gabe Beuhler as Tony, Lauren Cain as Maria and Tori Kartchner as Anita. Cain gives an especially fun performance of "I Feel Pretty."
Although the choral students' rendition of "West Side Story" is fun, the "Newsies" portion rivals it in excitement, with fast singing, fast choreography and a strong choral background. Some of the songs are slow, but still their singers fill them with life.
Finally, Chelsea O'Malley sings as Judy Garland, Gina Metcalf as Debbie Reynolds, Cason Murphy as Gene Kelly and Carson Thill as Donald O'Connor. All four provide a strength and clarity that prove Prescott High School has a high-caliber performing arts department.
"Movie Magic" closes with another chills-inducing piece, "Singin' in the Rain." The students' voices only complement and strengthen its upbeat lyrics and melody.
Strong direction, lighting and sound tie the production together for a performance that is exciting, high-quality and just plain fun.
"Movie Magic" will take place at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday at the Ruth Street Theater at Prescott High School, 1050 N. Ruth St. in Prescott. Tickets cost $5.
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