Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Musical review to feature a variety of song styles

From Aqua, Avril Lavigne, Trisha Yearwood, and Madonna to the Beach Boys, Billy Joel, and John Denver, this year’s musical revue presented by Fort Frances High School students is sure to have something for everyone. Entitled “When Boy Meets Girl,” the show features songs about boys and girls, such as “The Boys are Back in Town,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” “We’ve got all different varieties,” noted FFHS teacher John Dutton, who helps produce the show. “It’s a family show and it’s going to be a lot of fun.” He said there are some traditional songs, like “Danny Boy,” a Disney song (”Kiss the Girl”), and a little bit of country with “She’s In Love With The Boy.” In addition, there are some contemporary numbers, such as “Happy Boys and Girls” and “Barbie Girl” by Aqua. “The kids have a great time with the Aqua songs,” noted Dutton. “And they know all the words.” He added the opening number—“Happy Boys and Girls”—is a lot of fun because the students dance in the aisles and in front of the stage at the Townshend Theatre. “We have such a large cast, we almost don’t have room for all of them on stage, especially when they start dancing,” he explained. More than 70 students are performing in the show, which Dutton said is one of the largest musical revues to date. “We’ve had that many for some musicals, but not often for the musical revue,” he noted, adding a lot of Grade 9s are participating. “They saw them in past years, thought they looked fun, and wanted to get involved,” Dutton remarked. “It’s great to have that many and we don’t want to turn people away. “We were just surprised because usually if we have that many audition, several will drop out due to conflicts with times or whatever, but this year very few dropped out.” And of the 70 performers, more than a third are male. “There are a lot of guys—I don’t know why—but it’s great to have them because it makes everything more balanced,” Dutton noted. “It’s really something when they start singing with such a big sound.” Dutton said they had enough boys to have a small male group sing “Aha Me Boys” (a.k.a. “Lukey”) by Great Big Sea. “It sounds really good,” he enthused. “There are seven guys and seven verses and they sing the chorus together.” But he noted this is just one of many spectacular numbers the audience is sure to see. “When Boy Meets Girl” runs Nov. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors, and are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts as of today (Oct. 25).

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