Opening night for PPT Youth Theatre’s ‘Bring it On’
Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 13, 2017
Bitingly relevant and sprinkled with sass
By Josh Wainright, Piedmont Players Theatre
Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass and inspired by the hit film about the cut-throat world of competitive cheerleading, Bring It On The Musical takes audiences on a high-flying journey that is filled with the complexities of high school friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness.
Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, Bring It On features an original story by Tony Award winner, Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton), music by Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning composer, Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), lyrics by Broadway lyricist, Amanda Green (High Fidelity), and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Campbell (Graham Harrington) is cheer-royalty at Truman High School and her senior year should prove the most “cheertastic” — she’s been named captain of the squad! But, an unexpected redistricting has forced her to spend her final year of high school at the neighboring hard-knock Jackson High School. Despite having the deck stacked against her, Campbell befriends the dance crew girls and, along with their headstrong and hardworking leader, Danielle (Alaina Newell), manages to form a powerhouse squad for the ultimate competition — the National Championships.
Piedmont Players Theatre’s final youth production of the season, opening next Thursday at the Norvell Theater, is directed and designed by Reid Leonard and introduces musical director Caroline Stephenson and Choreographers Brooke Baldwin and Tanner Groppi.
Due to the many complex cheerleading routines in the show, PPT has partnered with Sara Biles and Lauren Dendy of Elevation Cheer Company who have choreographed the same towering human pyramids and high-octane basket tosses you’d expect to see on ESPN.
The energetic young cast is one of the most diverse to ever perform on the Norvell stage; including actors from Salisbury, China Grove, Mt. Ulla, Mooresville, Statesville, Oakboro, Thomasville, Albermarle, Concord, Linwood and Lake Norman.
The kind of coming of age tale that appeals to tweens and teens alike, PPT’s Bring It On boasts diverse characters, youthful and witty dialogue and a overall
theme that it’s always ok to be yourself. With an exciting fresh sound and explosive
choreography and aerial stunts, this hilarious, universal story is sure to be everything that you hoped for and nothing like you expected.
PPT’s Bring It On: The Musical plays at the Norvell Theater July 13-15 and 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinees July 15, 16 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. Adults $14, students/seniors $12. Producing Partners: F&M Bank and Salisbury Community Foundation. For tickets call 704-633-5471 or purchase online at PiedmontPlayers.com
Meet The Cast
CAMPBELL: Graham Harrington, High Point
DANIELLE: Alaina Newell, Concord
NAUTICA: Emma Theriot, Statesville
RANDALL: William Clark, Salisbury
LA CIENEGA: Henry Thomas, Albemarle
STEVEN: Michael Meres, China Grove
KYLAR: Emma Shelton, Statesville
EVA: Mia Rice, Kannapolis
TWIG: Sirravada Norng, Lexington
BRIDGET: Allison Tesh, Salisbury
SKYLAR: Cortlyn Kerns, Oakboro
CAMERON: Ben Moleta, Statesville
ENSEMBLE: Abby Campion, Salisbury • Alyssa Alley, Salisbury • Anleigh Hall, Mooresville • Ava Drexel, Salisbury • Brenna Herbst, Mooresville • Erin Amstein, Statesville • Frances Gray Riggs, Lexington • Garrett Jennings, Thomasville • Hayden Palmer, China Grove • Jack Wilhelm, Mt Ulla • Kalista Heizer, Mooresville • Kaylee Hawley, Salisbury • Kelli Dollard, Spencer • Sara Pross, Mooresville • Saraisabella Hargrave, Linwood • William Lassiter, Oakboro • Timothy Brausch, Concord