Tonight our cast provided a wonderful sneak peek of two dance numbers from the show during the first PSU Dance Showcase at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. It was a standing-room only crowd, and our young actors didn't disappoint — especially considering that several of them had just learned 24 hours before of the death of a close friend and former cast mate, Derek Brumbaugh. Several wore blue ribbons on their shirts in his honor. These young actors and actresses are true professionals.
The show opens on March 25. Tickets will go on sale March 14!
Meet Will Jewett, our show choreographer. He's the one on the floor.
Could it be that he fell into a theatre-induced coma brought about by his schedule? Coming right off of a State performance of Pittsburg High School's musical "Band Geeks," he now has a principal role — "Donkey!" — in PHS's "Shrek, The Musical," which is in rehearsal every weekday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and most weekends from 1 to 8 p.m. He is the choreographer for "Nottingham," an upcoming YMCA's Show Biz Kids production also now in rehearsal. He dances with the Academy, and recently choreographed a flash mob for his mom's college students at Pittsburg State University. He has a role in "Junie B. Jones." And oh yeah — he was just named a Kansas Honors Scholar for his academic achievements in the top 10 percent of his senior class!
But that's not the reason Will is on the floor. He blames Gladys Gutzman. She's the lunch lady. She's also a musical number in "Junie B. Jones" that is especially tricky. Will worked and worked with the cast on cleaning up the 16 count. It was a long night. We have every confidence in the talents of both Will and the cast, however, and know it will be nothing but 120 percent come performance time! It always is. Because that's how PCT rolls.
— Andra Stefanoni
PCT Board Member
P.S. Will's mom informs us that his room is a disaster! This makes us feel better. Turns out he's normal, after all!
Music Director MJ Harper gives notes to McKenna Shaw, who plays the lead character in "Junie B. Jones The Musical," in a Green Room vocal rehearsal.