Broadway fans are in for a treat, thanks to Richland Area School District students in grades seven through 12.
On May 19 beginning at 7 p.m., these students will perform “Way Off Broadway,” a musical tribute to some of Broadway's greatest shows.
“The audience will love all the Broadway greatest hits performed by our students,” Miller said.
The show teaches students a lot of lessons involving theatre, Miller said.
“We feel this is a great study of the art for our students to take under their wings. This type of musical shows them how Broadway performers work every day.”
The students helped bring the show to fruition in seemingly no time at all, Miller said.
“The students have only rehearsed and studied this show for two weeks. The show is very difficult, and they strive to push themselves to the limits, just as a Broadway actor would train.”
Miller also noted the students' admirable levels of talent.
“The students involved auditioned for their roles in the show, and were selected based on their performance ability.”
The students cast in “Way Off Broadway” include: Lee Matthews in “Sweeney Todd,” Meredith Trabold in “A Little Night Music,” Gabby Garcia and Alyssa Klein in “Song and Dance,” Tobias Nordlund, Lindsey Bost, Lee Matthews and Kaela Cardarella in “Miss Saigon,” Riley Alexander in “Next to Normal,” Shawn Roth, Megan Thomas and Julius Eckroth in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Brittany Szczepanik, Lindsey Dona, Harmony Eckroth, Madelein Mahood and Raquel Luciano in “Wicked,” Eden Mullins in “Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical,” Madison Kriak, Riley Alexander, Kiana Fregley and Shawn Roth in “Phantom of the Opera” and Salen Moran, Brandon Prazinko, Nordlund, Luciano, Matthews, Mahood, Roth, Alexander, Fregley in “Les Miserables.”
Eden Mullins is serving as student director. Producers include Miller, Kim Rauch and Jacob St. Clair, with sound design by Ben Easler and lighting design by William Sievers.
All proceeds from the musical benefit the Richland Theatre Boosters, a group dedicated to helping students interested in theatre pursue their dreams.
Tickets for the show can be purchased online at www.richlandpac.com, at the box office or by calling 814-269-0300. Gold card members receive complimentary tickets.
Another highlight of the evening will be when alumni cast members from all musical productions dating back to 1977 are invited on stage. Together with current students, they will perform the final number — a grand finale 36 years in the making.
Miller encourages people to attend because this is a show no one will want to miss.
“Today, we all need a little night of relaxation and entertainment. This show will not disappoint; it will be talked about for a long time.