Lights! Camera! Sing! The Northern Lights Arts Council proudly presents “Take Me to the Movies: Musical Revue” at the Roxy Theater, where local talent will dazzle the audiences with their renditions of some of the most popular songs from Hollywood musicals.
By Melissa Anderson
“This year’s theme, Take Me to the Movies, is guaranteed to leave audiences singing,” Director Emily Braunberger stated, “I don’t know if there is one song in this show that people haven’t heard before.”
Audiences will be treated to classics like “Greased Lightning” from Grease, “Singing in the Rain” from Singing in the Rain, “Dancing Queen” from Mamma Mia, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” from Annie and many more including medleys from movies such as Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, and Mary Poppins.
“I can guarantee that this show will leave audiences tapping their toes and singing along with the cast,” Braunberger said.
The medleys are sure to be show-stoppers as each medley features the best and most popular songs from the respective movie. All the cast members are involved in each medley, and with that many on stage, the choreography of constant movement will provide the audience with visual delight as well as the enjoyment of favorite songs.
“One thing I feel makes our show extra special is that we get to perform in the Roxy Theater, which was built in 1936,” Braunberger said, “We are so fortunate to have a historic theater right in our small town of Langdon.”
The Roxy, which still has many of its original features, gives theater goers an experience reminiscent of the theaters that people in the 1930s and 1940s visited when Hollywood was just beginning to take off as movies became increasingly popular attractions.
“It’s so fun to perform songs from historic movie musicals in a historic theater. I think it just adds to the whole experience of our musical revue,” Braunberger said.
For Braunberger, last year’s entry into community theater by directing a musical was a learning experience to say the least.
“It was really nice to go into this year knowing what to expect and having an idea of how things would run. The whole process has been great the last two years, and I look forward to continuing to learn more in future years,” Braunberger shared.
This year’s musical theater production will feature 30 cast members ranging in age from 10 to 60 years old. Audience members will be thrilled to see both familiar and new faces belting out favorite songs.
“We have fifth and sixth grade students as well as some veteran cast members who have been doing theater in our community for over 10 years,” Braunberger said, “I am thrilled to have such a cast with such an expansive age range.”
Not only will audiences be treated to familiar songs but joining the cast is Lisa Schuler, who will be playing the piano for the numbers.
“She has been an awesome addition to the show and I believe the live (as opposed to prerecorded like we used last year) music makes our show ten times better,” Braunberger stated.
The decision to use movie musicals was easy for Braunberger as she feels they are a “testament to the belief that movie musicals are perfect for people of all ages.” Following the success of last year’s musical revue, this year’s production is sure to please audiences just as much.
“The response I had from the community was completely overwhelming,” Braunberger shared, “I’ve had people telling me that they can’t wait for this year’s production. I am so thankful for such a supportive community.”
Presale tickets are currently available at Choice Financial Bank in Langdon until Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5 PM. Presale tickets are $10 for adults. At the door adult tickets are $12, Students K-12 tickets are $8 and tickets for kids 5 & under are $5. Show times are: Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.