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Broadway’s best numbers come to South Shore stage

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GIBSONTON – The East Bay High School Theatre Department will cap its 2013-2014 season tomorrow through Saturday with “Showstoppers! A Musical Revue” at the Kathryn Hill Auditorium.

“Audiences love big productions, and that’s what they’ll get in this evening of song and dance featuring the best show tunes from decades of Broadway,” said Krista Pelham, department head and director. “This is the first time in my 15 years at East Bay that we’ve done any type of musical revue instead of our traditional spring musical.”

Pelham said the production will include music from “Oklahoma,” dating back to the 1940s, to “Wicked,” first performed in 2003. Songs from “Hair,” “The Sound of Music,” “Grease,” Les Miserables,” “The Rocky Horror Show” and more also will be included. The show also will feature narrative before each number providing information from the musical it came from.

“This year we wanted to do something different, something with a lot of diversity to engage both our students and the audience,” she said. “For example, the student playing Gomez Addams from “The Addams Family” is also playing Danny in “Grease.”

The revue gives all 35 students the chance to “star” in the ensemble production.

“We were able to select songs that really played to the strength of our cast members,” said Shauntelle Holbrook, a former East Bay drama student who is now musical director. “Since there are lots of large group numbers, students have more stage in this show.”

Ticket prices for “Showstoppers!” are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Parties of 10 or more that call in advance get student admission.

The Kathryn Hill Auditorium is at 7710 Big Bend Road, Gibsonton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the curtain rises at 7. For more information, call (813) 671-5134, ext. 271

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