Seniors Erin Ruby (left) and Kara Pearl rock out to ‘80s tunes while decked out in the decades colorful garb on a set that features Pac Man, MTV and Rubiks Cube references. Its all part of Southeastern High Schools production of the musical,Back to the ‘80s, set for March 9-10.
To prepare for his role in Southeastern High Schools production ofBack to the ‘80s: The Totally Awesome Musical, senior Dylan Bowen consulted his parents.
“For my costume, dad told me to cut holes in my jeans and put bleach spots on them because thats what he did (in the ‘80s), said Bowen, who plays a high school jock running for class president.
As for the musicals soundtrack, the young actor said the first time he heard it he recognized it as music his mother likes.
“I was like, ‘Oh, yeah. This is what Mom listens to in the car. Its when I usually want to turn to another station, he said.
Bowen and his castmates have since come to wholeheartedly embrace the colorful loudness of the decade the musical celebrates, learning the words to songs like Kim WildesKids in America and Cyndi LaupersGirls Just Want To Have Fun.
“Its an obscure musical, but fun because of the feel of this particular decade. Its flamboyant and neon, said senior Claire Heister, who plays Cindy Gibson, a girl who is popular with the guys and whose signature song is MadonnasMaterial Girl.
“We were looking for a show with a lot of featured roles because we have a lot of seniors and experienced kids, said art teacher Laura Madden, who manages the shows stage direction. Music teacher Kelly Gootee is the music and dance director. FCCLA teacher Kathy McGrath is the producer, handling publicity and tickets.
“Plus, we love ‘80s pop tunes! Madden said.
In the style of movies likeBack to the Future andFerris Buellers Day Off, the show tells the story of a high school class graduating in the 1980s as remembered by 30-something Corey Palmer (played by freshman Nick Lancaster). The young Corey (senior Jordan Timmons) is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston (senior Bridget Larson), the coolest girl in school who only has eyes for the coolest guy in school, Michael Feldman (senior Dylan Bowen).
Southeasterns 38-member cast tells the teen saga through not only song, but plenty of dance.
“There is a lot of dancing. Its a big focus, said Bowen, who helped to choreograph several of the dance numbers, including the guys dance to Kenny LogginsFootloose and the couples dances to The B-52sLove Shack and(Ive Had) The Time of My Life made famous by the movieDirty Dancing.
“I really like Latin and ballroom dancing. Its a passion of mine. I kept things basic for our show to make sure it was fun for everyone to do, he said.
The show should be fun for everyone to watch, especially the parents in the audience who know from experience what it was like to be a teenager in the ‘80s.
Show times forBack to the ‘80s are 7 p.m. March 9, 2 p.m. March 10, and 7 p.m. March 10. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students high school age and younger. Tickets are available by reservation only. Call Kathy McGrath at the school, (937) 462-8308, ext. 208.
The full cast