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RENT: School Edition by The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) in Philadelphia, PA April 4, 2017 Review submitted by Victoria Kline of Academy of the New Church "How do you measure a year in the life?" This is the question the students of the Philadelphia School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) asked, and answered in their moving production of RENT: School Edition last week. RENT is a musical created by Jonathan Larson, based loosely off of the opera La ...
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Bye, Bye Birdie by Haverford High School in Havertown, PA April 4, 2017 Review submitted by Grace Willey of Unionville High School It is a timeless story with a universal theme: a teenager coming into her own, a rock star with millions of adoring fans, and a girlfriend dissatisfied with an eight-year love affair. The cast and crew of Haverford High School's Bye Bye Birdie charmed the audience with high energy and commitment to the production. Debuting on Broadway in 1960, Bye Bye Birdie, with m...
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown - Harriton High School in Rosemont, PA April 4, 2017 Review submitted by Lauren Quigley of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School We all have moments when it feels like we are going to go insane. However, we normally don't date terrorists, spike our gazpacho with sedatives, or coincidentally visit the house of our father's mistress. This perfect balance of whimsicality and relatability is exactly what makes Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown endearing, ...
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The Addams Family by Upper Merion Area High School in King of Prussia, PA April 4, 2017 Review submitted by Gabby Ford of Abington Friends School "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're all together ooky," The Addams Family, performed by the Underground Players of Upper Merion Area High School was just delightful, I mean frightful. The Addams Family depicts a ghoulish family of six with a family butler which makes seven, but their lives of tortuous fun are altered whe...
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Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by The Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA April 4, 2017 Review submitted by Marissa Emerson of Upper Merion Area High School With a sinister story as satisfying as a fresh meat pie, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street struck again at PA Leadership Charter School. Boasting a Tony Award for Best Musical, Sweeney Todd jolts audiences with its tale of a revenge-crazed barber in 19th century London. Seeking to kill t...
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Big Fish by Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, PA March 28, 2017 Review submitted by Lea Harlev of Archmere Academy One fish, two fish, red fish, Big Fish! On Friday March 24th, the cast and crew of Central Bucks High School West touched and amused audiences with their whimsical performance of Big Fish. Daniel Wallace wrote the novel Big Fish in 1998 before Tim Burton adapted the story into a movie in 2003. Big Fish eventually opened on Broadway in 2013. The musical explores the rela...
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Little Shop of Horrors by Lindenwold High School in Lindenwold, NJ March 28, 2017 Review submitted by Trinity Pike of Upper Merion Area HS Folks stuck in Skid Row would kill for something green, whether a four-leaf clover, a dollar bill, or a bloodthirsty exotic plant. When the latter arrives in the ramshackle flower shop, life promises to transform rags into riches for one small price: human lives. While exploring the macabre possibilities, Lindenwold excellently combined dark comedy and explos...
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Footloose by Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove, PA March 28, 2017 Review submitted by Anji Cooper of Academy of the New Church It's time to kick off the Sunday shoes because Upper Moreland is performing Footloose. Get ready to be immersed into the lives of several teenagers as they struggle to bring change to a place that is stuck in its ways. The show's constantly enthusiastic cast and upbeat, catchy tunes are sure to make you want to get up and start dancing right alongside its charac...
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Les Miserables by Ridley High School in Folsom, PA March 21, 2017 Review submitted by Lizzie Stricklin of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Despite what the title may imply, Ridley High School’s performance of Les Miserables: School Edition was anything but tragic as the audience was blown away when they “heard the people sing.” Les Miserables became a smash hit when it premiered in London in 1985 with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables depicts ...
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Rent: School Edition by Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, PA March 21, 2017 Review submitted by Harleigh Myerovich of Harriton High School How does one measure the legacy of love? This past Saturday, the Colonial Players of Plymouth Whitemarsh High School offered an answer to this most human of questions in their production of Rent: School Edition. Rent, with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, follows a group of struggling artists of New York City’s East Village. Th...
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