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The students of Skyline Theatre are getting ready to pull out all the stops to put on a high-energy evening of a little bit of everything the stage has to offer. “Get Hype: An Evening with Skyline Theatre” performances will be held on April 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Experimental Theatre at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor. Admission is $10 for students and $15 for adults.
“We have an astonishing crop of talented students, and this is a fun way to showcase their varied abilities and the many ways performances on the live stage can entertain,” said director Brodie H. Brockie. “We’ve got a lot of songs in a variety of styles, great dancing, scenes from non-musical shows, and even a little stage combat.”
Brockie and the students selected the pieces being featured, which are made up of predominantly up-beat and comedic numbers, with just a few dramatic and sad moments to round out the show. Selections include time-tested classics like songs from “Sweeney Todd” and “Peter Pan” to modern hits like “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Hamilton.” Plus, in addition to well-known favorites, a few lesser-known gems are featured from shows like “Radio Girl,” and cult classics like “Cry Baby.”
“We have 30 students performing throughout the night and each of them get at least one moment in the spotlight,” said Brockie. “We have so much talent at Skyline and this format gives everyone a chance to shine.”
The event serves as a fundraiser for the Skyline Friends of the Arts to offer scholarships for theater students planning to attend and perform at the 2018 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in August of 2018.
“This trip is possible because our program was nominated and selected by a board of theater professionals to participate,” said Skyline Theatre program director and Get Hype producer Anne Marie Roberts. “This is a huge honor! AHSTF was developed so performing arts students could showcase their skills on an international stage.”
The cast for Get Hype includes: Athena Agassi, Jianmarco Barbeau, Salma Bawardi, Theo Billups, Hannah Connel, Connor Dalton, Beatrix Dergis, Claire de Vries, Makayla Franklin, Jessica Gibbs, Elana, Heaney, Cristina Holder, Grant Hoover, Taia Koker, Isaac Mangold, Zori Martinez, Trevor Miner, Riley O’Brien, Ryann Paten, Lauryn Perkins, Isabella Preissle, Luke Renken, Jennie Rupp, Matt Rupp, Elena Schroeder, Alex Siple, Makenzie Smith, Greer Taylor, Amanda Wilhoit, and Tessa Wilson.