Broadway Night Preview
On Friday, March 27, students from different grades will unite for Rockland High School’s annual Broadway Night. The Music Department gets together to put on a show performed by students that is as much fun for the audience to watch, as it is for the students to perform.
“Broadway Night is a chance for students to showcase themselves through music and theatre,” Jennifer Hartnett, chorus teacher at RHS, explains. “Students audition in January, practice on their own and get to create and interpret everything including costumes and set.”
At 7:00 P.M. students from band, drama and chorus will put their hard work on display for a show two months in the making. “This is my first Broadway night here at RHS, so I’m pretty excited,” RHS Band Director, Mr. Coogan said. ”I would like the students to come see their peers from each grade perform on stage in acts that THEY have prepared on their own.”
Not every student will have a solo but they do have their time on stage performing with other classmates. “I will be singing “Happy Talk” with a group of freshman girls and “Masquerade.” I will also be playing songs from both of the selected shows South Pacific and The Phantom of the Opera,” says freshman Stephanie Blaney.
The show will provide something for everyone, audience and performers alike. PJ Butler, a senior and a third time performer of Broadway Night, says what makes it special is “the moment on stage when you realize all of your hard work has paid off.”
A unique part of Broadway Night is that the students get to organize the show by themselves. “The students organize the song, costume, blocking, and props,” Blaney says. ‘This is another opportunity to see people doing their passion. Who knows, maybe one of them could be famous someday.”
Students selected two of Broadway’s most well known and biggest shows, Phantom of the Opera and South Pacific. Students participating in Broadway Night will be singing songs from the two musicals they selected.
From Phantom of the Opera performers will sing songs such as “Angel of Music,” “Masquerade,” and “Music of the Night.” Stephanie Blaney will be singing “Masquerade” as one of her songs. From South Pacific songs that will be performed include “Nothing Like A Dame,” “Bali Ha’i,” “Honey Bun,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” and “Happy Talk.” Stephanie Blaney and other freshman girls will be singing the song “Happy Talk” and senior PJ Butler will be singing “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.”
With only a few days until the concert, the Music Department’s hard work will pay off when they see the audience gather in the auditorium. “It’s certainly a night to come and enjoy our students’ musical talent. We have so many talented students; this is where they get to show their skills,” says Ms. Hartnett.
Although it is a concert, Ms. Hartnett explains the show will make you laugh at times when you see your fellow classmates sing comical songs in comic costumes. “If you want to be showered with laughter, you won’t want to miss ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” Butler says.
Celebrate the Music Department’s hard work by going to see the annual Broadway Night concert on Friday, March 27 at 7:00 P.M. “Be there or be square,” Blaney says. Tickets will be selling for $5 dollars at the door.