Music students of Kathy Hickman of Lawton and Marcy Prescott of Frederick performed at a Back to School Bash on Sept. 2 at Fort Sill.
Students performed music from their summer show fundraiser, vocal and piano solos they performed early this year at contests as well as the Broadway Revue they performed at Inspiration Point Fine Arts camps.
Hickman also teaches band and strings students and had several of them perform as well.
The offer to perform came at the last minute, allowing for only three rehearsals before the Saturday performance. The hard work to get ready for their performances was apparent.
Some of the students who performed were William Guill, Liz Smith, Teresa LeDay-Mauney, Aiden Guill, Vanessa Cleophat, Sydney Lynn and Parker Lynn.
The girls sang “The Work Song” from “Cinderella,” showing off their vocal abilities, but the choreography was limited due to space issues.
William Guill sang “Alone in the Universe” from the Broadway musical “Seussical.” He has been practicing and performing this song for over a year. He performed it at district contest in February before going on to state with it in April where he was named a winner. He also performed it at the summer show fundraiser.
“That song is now retired,” Prescott said.
William Guill was happy to hear that news though he noted that his mom would still make him listen to it in the car.
Huntley Kreutziger sang “Corner Stone.” Kreutziger, although a new vocal student of Prescott’s, is no stranger to the stage and he did very well.
Aiden Guill sang “The Candy Man” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
Parker Lynn sang “Red River Valley” for his vocal solo.
Sydney Lynn sang “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Disney’s Pinocchio. Lynn’s facial expressions make her performances, which was great for Saturday’s performance since she had little space to work with.
The highlight of the afternoon was the production of “100 Years of Broadway.” Even though the students had to tone down their production for time and space allotment, they were engaging and worked very well together. Even though they already performed the production together at camp, they had to rework it to redistribute the solos and cut most of the choreography but they worked hard and pulled it off.
Hard work and dedication pays off and these students will go far with whatever they choose to do.
They sang medleys of Broadway hits ranging from the Tin Pan Alley days to more recent Broadway numbers; from productions like Cats, Sweeney Todd, Hello Dolly, Cabaret and many more.
These students are now choosing new music for a new round of contests beginning in early 2018 and they will also be practicing for upcoming Christmas shows.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.