20th Century Revue at East Rowan starts Friday
Travel back in time during East Rowan High School’s 21st annual Broadway Revue.
The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday with nearly 100 students from the school taking the stage with about 30 of their peers from Erwin Middle.
During the two-hour show, songs like “Steppin Out with My Baby,” “Rockin’ Robin,” “God Bless the Broken Road,” “Proud Mary” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” will be performed.
“It’s a variety-type show with singing and dancing,” said choral director Dean Orbison, who directs the show. “There is a skit that kind of weaves everything together as we go; it’s done that way so we can involve the entire school instead of a certain set of students.”
The theme for this year’s show is “20th Century in Revue.”
“This year there is music for everyone of any age, people will know a lot of the music” Orbison said. “It’s going to be a good evening of fun and entertainment.”
Laura Troutman, a graduate of East Rowan, choreographed the show for the seventh year in a row.
“It’s Broadway style, theatrical dance,” she said. “You’re not going to see a lot of classic ballet or classical theater.
“Students are very animated in their facial expressions and their hand and arm movements.”
Troutman took dance for 13 years growing up and helped out with the choreography when she was a student at East. But she’s aware most of the students have no dance experience.
“We can usually learn a number in a couple of nights,” she said. “The tricky part is they have to continue to add to their memory.”
Troutman, a nurse at Carolina Oncology Associates, said she enjoys working with the students during her time off.
“It’s rewarding to see them become involved in something,” she said. “Not only are they doing something fun and something that provides them with some physical activity, but they are giving a lot of people joy.
“These kids have dedicated three months to coming in three or four days a week to put in hour after hour of practice just for a three night performance.”
Linley Evans, East’s family and consumer science teacher, organized an alumni dance number for this year’s show. Students from the class of 1998 through 2012 will come back to perform.
“It’s something we decided to do this year,” Orbison said. “We weren’t able to get them in during the 20th show last year.”
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at East Rowan, 175 St. Luke’s Church Road, Granite Quarry.
Tickets are $10. They can be purchased at the school today between 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. or at the door.