Get ready for a fast-paced evening of Broadway favorites as the North Fort Myers High School Drama Club presents its ninth-annual Knight on Broadway show at the auditorium Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
All tickets are $5 general admission and doors open a 6.
Michelle Whitener, who heads the drama department at the school, said it will be a musical review from a number of Broadway shows, such as "Mamma Mia," "The Wedding Singer," "American Idiot" and other recent and not-so-recent hits.
"I would say there will be seven or eight of the really strong ballad numbers, but there will be a great variety and the pace moves quickly and we will showcase about 100 students," Whitener said. "We'll divide them in groups and there will be duets and solos."
Whitener said the cast of "Shrek, The Musical," the drama club's big presentation this year, will come from this group of kids, and you can bet she will keep a close eye on them to see if they can pass the muster.
"Everyone is going to get a chance to shine and this is one of the reasons we do this. It gives them this experience before we go to auditions to perform before a live audience," Whitener said. "We like to see how they respond to that, so we are looking very closely to see who we cast."
With 32 songs on the set list, the kids have been working pretty much since almost the beginning of school in musical theatre class trying to get it together.
The performance will be scaled back, with not much more than the music and singers, and because it is a one-night only event, there is usually a good crowd, Whitener said.
"There will be no costumes or scenery. It's all about vocals and choreography," Whitener said. "Our more experienced students who have auditioned before will be in a solo and a duet and a large group number."
Among the stars returning is Noelle Aparte, who played Kim in last year's production of "Miss Saigon."
"I'm excited, every year is exciting to see the people we know, how they've developed, and they expose the young kids and get them excited and this is how we start," Whitener said.