Twenty-eight students sang, danced and acted their hearts out, as they performed a demanding repertoire of show tunes aptly titled "A Tribute to Broadway," in the new Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School theater last week. School and district residents alike had reason to celebrate the recently organized Drama Club's amazing sellout performance.
The show got off to a rousing start with "There's No Business Like Show Business," followed by a couple of perennial favorites from "Oklahoma" and "Annie Get Your Gun." It then proceeded through selections from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Hair," "Godspell" and "Rent," with excerpts from "Wicked," "Jersey Boys," and "Chorus Line" offering a more contemporary beat. After a set of songs from "West Side Story," the evening ended with an exuberant full-cast rendition of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from "Mary Poppins."
The directors set an unflagging pace, alternating solos with ensembles and the occasional production number. Adding to the fun, several faculty members made a surprise appearance in "Aquarius."
Freshman Gina Christopher earned a special accolade by proving herself a trooper in the best "show-must-go-on" tradition, when she battled through a distracting microphone malfunction. Allison Martin also deserves mention for the double duty she performed, both as a gifted singer/actor and as the student director for the show.
In fact, the entire performance delightfully reflected the talent and enthusiasm of students and teachers who spent countless hours on its preparation. Those laboring behind the scenes on scenery, lighting, programs and other details are to be commended for the professionalism of the finished product.
At program's end, the cast and crew extended a huge thank-you to all who helped make the show possible. They gave special recognition to their directors, with emphasis on Mrs. Marie Trostosky, who by-the-way offered up a hilarious performance in "Little Girls," and who will retire at the end of the current school year. It's the Drama Club's hope that "Mrs. T" will continue her labor of love with them next year and many years thereafter.
This sampling of photos reflects, better than words, the talent, the energy, the sheer fun that flowed through this exciting evening.