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PHS Spring Spectacular shows Friday

Courier/Nathaniel Kastelic
The Prescott High School choir performs scenes from the ³Wizard of Oz² in the dress rehearsal of the annual Spring Spectacular ³100 Years of Broadway² Tuesday afternoon at the Ruth Street Theater in Prescott.

Courier/Nathaniel Kastelic The Prescott High School choir performs scenes from the ³Wizard of Oz² in the dress rehearsal of the annual Spring Spectacular ³100 Years of Broadway² Tuesday afternoon at the Ruth Street Theater in Prescott.

PRESCOTT ­ Audience members at this year's Prescott High School Spring Spectacular will travel along with fun, talent and style, through the past 100 years on Broadway.

The annual choir performance, "100 Years of Broadway" will take place Friday evening with two shows, at 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets cost $5.

From Tin Pan Alley's early years to "Sweeney Todd," "Les Miserables," "RENT" and "Wicked," 120 students who've participated in the school's choir programs this year will share what choir director Amy Van Winkle promises will be a great time.

"I hope they will walk away singing," she said of audience members.

During a rehearsal this past Tuesday, students dressed in colorful costumes and belted out tunes from "Wizard of Oz," "A Chorus Line," "Greased Lightning" and "Annie."

While the student performers mostly showcase their singing voices, they also dance ­ separately, in pairs and as a group ­ proving that their talents extend beyond the vocal.

From munchkins, scarecrows, witches and lions to orphans, teenage boys, peasants and performers, the students let their voices shine separately and as a group, constantly providing audio delicacies that sometimes thrill, sometimes delight and always please.

The students, Van Winkle said, "are all extremely dedicated to making this a truly professional show. Every single kid up there cares."

She said that during the performance, people will see "120 kids up there all at the same time, loving what they're doing."

For Van Winkle, Friday's will be the final call.

She plans to retire this year after 20 years as the director of Prescott High School's music programs.

The retirement has nothing to do with why she chose "100 Years of Broadway" as a theme, she said, but she's always been a big Broadway fan.

"I'm hoping (audiences) have a great time," Van Winkle said, "and enjoy an hour and 15 minutes of music, fun and love."

Contact the reporter at hdartt@prescottaz.com