The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

February 20, 2014

Edgewood ready to rock 'High School Musical'

Disney's classic a fun show with energetic choreography and live band

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — This year’s musical at Edgewood is Disney’s “High School Musical,” directed by Bill and Mary Ann Kline. Although most recognize the cast on stage as the main component of the play, several other groups and supporting students contribute to putting on the musicals every year. Edgewood band director Connie Sommers is excited to return and direct the musical’s pit band.

“I love working with Bill and Mary Ann and Nora Giancola,” said Sommers, “It’s just fun to be a part of the process. I like learning the ins and outs of the show.”

Senior Mitchell Thompson, who will be playing the drum set in the pit for his second year, said, “A musical just isn’t the same without a live band. The energy given off by a live performance is truly a great thing. Because of that, every performance is truly a blast!”

Thompson also reflects on the different struggles and advantages this year. “It’s a lot of hard work being in the pit, especially with all the calamity days this year. We only have about three weeks to have our part put together, but this year is a little bit easier because we have a smaller pit band with only a handful of players with a more rock-centered style of music; and you couldn’t ask for a better director when it comes to Mrs. Sommers. She knows everything there is to know about music.”

“With this smaller group, everything goes together a little faster,” Sommers said. “We’ve always had good pits in past years, and this group is no exception.”

Thompson agreed, saying, “This pit is full of fine folk and good people I can count on.”

Also returning for her fifth Edgewood show is choreographer Kimberly Godfrey. Godfrey has been acting and directing in professional musicals for the past 21 years, and has been choreographing musicals for 11 years. This year’s show is special for Godfrey, as “High School Musical” was the first show she directed years ago.

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