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Jamestown High School To Host Musical Revue

Jamestown High Schools students recently rehearsed “Seize the Day” from Newsies for their upcoming Musical Revue.

COVID may have kept a few things from happening this year at Jamestown High School, but one thing it can’t do is stop the show.

The Jamestown High School Musical Revue, “A Little More Homework,” will be held on Thursday, May 20, and Friday, May 21, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person attendance is limited to two people per cast member but the musical revue will be live streamed at www.jpsny.org/jhsmusical for the community to enjoy.

“Instead of a full length musical, I have put together a musical revue which features songs from 18 different musicals,” said Lauren Scharf, Jamestown High School musical director. “I wanted to highlight songs that the students could form a connection with. Each song has been carefully chosen to reflect their day-to-day life: the ideas of growth and finding purpose; moments of rebellion and angst; young and innocent love; and finally, acceptance and hope. This show is being performed by students who have been deprived of the chance to participate in many normal school activities for the past year. They’re eager to get back out there to make music and memories together, in whatever form that takes. I really hope that the community tunes into the live stream to hear the performances.”

The show is divided into four cycles of music, which relate to the themes of growth, rebellion, love and acceptance. The first cycle features “When I Grow Up” from Matilda, and “Purpose” from Avenue Q. The second and third cycles feature songs from Hairspray, School of Rock, Annie, and the musical The Heathers. In the final cycle you will hear the title song, “A Little More Homework” from 13: the Musical, and a rousing rendition of “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin plus many more!

The students are thrilled to be back performing even with all of the health and safety precautions.

“It’s so much fun to be part of a musical or revue,” said JHS senior Holland Isaacson, who has participated in the musical all four years and is doing a solo performance and part of smaller groups, too. “I think it brings out a side in everyone that you normally don’t see. You get to express yourself in a different way and you get to meet wonderful people. It’s so important that we got to do a musical revue this year because it brings together the school and to get a performance out there as that hasn’t happened in over a year. So, just being able to get together and do something is really wonderful.”

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