For the seventh year in a row, Maple Grove Senior High's "CenterStage" spring musical is ready to wow audiences. This year it's "CenterStage [Act 7]: How A Year Goes By."
"CenterStage is a music revue I like to call it. It's not a Broadway show where we have a plot and dialogue and a story and all of that," said instructor and director Beth Hellstedt who introduced the CenterStage revue format seven years ago.
Songs in the show include students singing The O’Jays 1972 hit "Love Train" or "Put on a Happy Face" from the 1960s Broadway classic "Bye Bye Birdie."
Senior Mia Thompson is the stage manager for her sixth and final show at Maple Grove High.
"I would say the hardest part is really getting your cues down and calling making sure that you have communication with all of the spotlights and everyone backstage," said Thompson.
There are a lot of moving parts to coordinate in a show like this and to do it well takes many hours of rehearsing and practice.
"This year I'm a part of the cast so that includes being a part of all the different singing and dancing numbers that we have," said senior Sorav Kerur. "Last year, I was a part of the band so [I] got to play a lot of the different songs that you hear on stage over, but this year I decided to switch it up."
Maple Grove High School has a strong group of student musicians who can hold up their end in theatrical productions.
Director Hellstedt said, "We love highlighting the musicians in CenterStage. I think that's one of the things that draws people here is they're really impressed with the quality of the band, and I am too."
Performances of "CenterStage [Act 7]: How A Year Goes By" are tonight and Saturday, May 12-13, as well as next Thursday through Saturday, May 18-20. All shows are at 7 p.m. at Maple Grove High School.
Neil Pursley firstname.lastname@example.org@npursley12
May 12, 2017