Students to perform musicals

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By The Staff

Interested in what Broadway has to offer? You dont have to go to New York. Just stop by to see West Las Vegas next production.

The choirs at West Las Vegas high and middle schools will present A Night on Broadway at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Highlands Universitys Ilfeld Auditorium.

The program will feature pieces from 10 Broadway musicals performed by the high schools honors choir, the symphonic choir and the middle school choir.

The group will open with the girls from the symphonic choir singing Do, Re, Mi from Rogers and Hammersteins musical, The Sound of Music. This will be followed by three selections from Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown, highlighting the talents of the middle school choir. the honors choir and solo characters Sebastian Flores as Charlie Brown, Elizabeth Martinez as Lucy, Michael Rascon as Linus, Richard Alderete as Schroeder and Matthew Gutierrez as Snoopy.

A medley of music from Grease will follow Charlie Brown with the symphonic choir singing and dancing to the hits made popular by characters portrayed by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the award-winning movie. Poodle skirts, Levis and leather jackets add to the authenticity of the time.

Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones popular musical, The Fantasticks, will be represented by the singing of I Can See It featuring West Las Vegas schools choir Director Arnell David Arellanes and guest artist Ron Grinage, a graduate of Robertson High School and a professional pianist from Santa Fe. This is the first time Arellanes will perform as part of his students program. Arellanes and Grinage have worked together several times, but this will be the first time both have sung together in Las Vegas.

A familiar medley of tunes from the musical Chicago will follow as the honors choir sings and dances to the songs arranged by Teena Chinn. Top hats, canes and beads will play a prominent role in the medley. The honors choir recently won the state championship at the state choir contest.

The first half of the program will close with the singing of Seasons of Love from the recent musical, Rent, by the combined middle school choir and symphonic choir.

Intermission will also provide entertainment with the selling of 50-50 split tickets as part of the overall fundraising efforts of the choirs. All money earned during the evenings performance will be used to offset costs associated with sending 28 choir students to this summers Choir Camp at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

The second half of the program opens with two memorable songs from one of the longest-running Broadway musicals of all time. Cats will be represented by the singing and dancing of Jellicle Cats and Memory by the honors choir. Student soloists include Cassandra Garley, David Maestas, Faith Romero, Matthew Gutierrez, Marissa Maki, Christopher Yee, Richard Alderete, Jason Torres, Linda Esquibel, Chantae Bustamante, Michael Rascon and Antonio Vigil.

West Side Story is the next featured musical with Grinage playing the Prologue to introduce the honors choir performing Tonight the Quintet. Michael Rascon is the tenor soloist for this piece.

The only selection of the program not associated with a Broadway musical follows West Side Story as a tribute to the West Las Vegas High School graduating seniors. Z. Randall Stroopes Omnia Sol is sung by all seniors with the honors choir to recognize the 19 choir students who will be graduating Renee Alvino, Marquita Arguello, Justin Armijo, Natasha Ayres, Michael Baca, Jessica Crespin, Raul Flores-Ramirez, Cassandra Garley, Steven Jaramillo, Kimberly Koontz, Ariel Lopez, Roberta Lovato, Olivia Maddux, Shawntel Montoya, Nathan Pacheco, Paulyette Perea, Felicia Rael, Faith Romero and Jason Torres.

The program is open to the public with a $5 advance ticket, which may be purchased at the Highlands University Media Arts Building in the office of Donna Martinez. They may also be purchased at the door. History indicates the program will be sold out.

For more information on the program, call Arellanes at 426-2525.

If you go

What: A Night on Broadway, a production of the choirs at West Las Vegas high and middle schools.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15.

Where: Highlands Universitys Ilfeld Auditorium.

How much: $5 tickets, which can be purchased beforehand at Donna Martinezs office in Highlands Media Arts Building, or at the door.

Information: Call David Arnell Arellanes at 426-2525.