Annapolis High School Drama Company Takes Musical Fans on a Broadway Rewind
By Monique Jones for TicketRiver.com
The Annapolis High School Drama Company gave musical fans a trip through the many of the musical numbers from Broadway history in their Broadway Rewind show. The Maryland-based school gave a fun nod to the Great White Way and New York by singing and dancing to some of Broadway’s most award-winning productions.
“The event was our spring musical, which was comprised of about 20 songs from Tony-winning musicals, featuring about 35 students as performers and about 10 more on tech crew,” said Erin Lorenz, one of the co-directors of the school’s Drama Company. “Our pit included several adult staff members and about 12 students.” According to the synopsis of the event, the musical spanned “from 1950 to 2012, classics from Broadway’s Golden Age…to contemporary hits currently making waves on national tours.” The musical featured an original script and the students hailed from the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program and the Annapolis High School Dance Company.
The students’ talent was propelled by Lorenz’s skill; according to her bio, she has choreographed, performed, or directed about 40 productions and when she’s not directing school musicals, she’s participating in community theater.
This was a highly-elaborate show that would be sure to please Broadway fans, so the team behind the shot got down to business when it came to promoting the production. “We spread the word via posters, school-wide announcements, and a blurb in the local paper,” said Lorenz. However, Maryland was besieged by snow, which slightly affected promotion. “We got behind on publicity due to all the snow,” she said.
Even still, Lorenz said the event went over well. “The best part was seeing all the kids build on the material every performance,” she said. “They really made it their own and the best compliments from the audience were regarding how much fun the kids seemed to be having and how they appeared to genuinely enjoyed the material and each other’s company.”
If there’s any adjustment Lorenz would make, it’d be assigned seating. “That will probably be what we do next time,” she said. “It will make our lives a little easier.”