The last theatrical production for Marco Island Charter Middle School’s 2014/15 school year was High School Musical, Jr. Karen Raymond, as director and choreographer, continued her legacy of producing smash hits. It is amazing what great shows are produced at the middle school level and it’s indicative of the quality of teaching. Karen has a knack to pull the best effort from each and every student, from stage hands to set designers, whether singing as partof a chorus or doing a solo. These students are giving their best, and their best creates an amazing show.
Students not only portrayed their characters brilliantly, but they sang and danced their way into the hearts of all in the entire audience.
The presentation began with a cheer from the Eagles Cheerleaders, which was joined by the ensemble. The Start of Something New sung by the character Troy Bolton (Carson Essi) and the ensemble. Get’cha Head in the Game performed bythe Team and all the boys. Bop to the Top auditions were by James (played by Jimmy Munoz). What I’ve Been Looking for sang by Ryan Evans (Jesse Giansanti) and Sharpay (Mikayla Rivera). What I’ve Been Looking for was by Troy (Carson Essi) and Gabriella (Lexi Harrington), Stick to the Status Quo was performed by Zeke (Dagen Rash), Martha (Josie Torres), Ripper (Bailey Dunstan), Mongo (Victoria Novotny), Troy (Carson Essi), Gabriella (Lexi Harrington), Sharpay (Mikayla Rivera) and the entire ensemble. Counting on You was sung by Chad (Jacob Wagner), Taylor (Lia Okenkova), Zeke (Dagen Rash), Martha (Josie Torres) ner), Taylor (Lia Okenkova), Zeke (Dagen Rash), Kelsi (Isabella Valencia), Martha (Josie Torres) and the ensemble. Bop to the Top sung by Martha (Josie Torres), Ryan Evans (Jesse Giansanti) and the ensemble. Breaking Free by Troy Bolton (Carson Essi) and Gabriella (Lexi Harrington) and the ensemble. Together Reprise sung by Troy Bolton (Carson Essi), Gabriella (Lexi Harrington), Ryan Evans (Jesse Giansanti), Sharpay (Mikayla Rivera) and the ensemble. The final number, High School Musical Megamix, was performed by Troy Bolton (Carson Essi), Gabriella (Lexi Harrington) and the entire ensemble.
The production was fitting, as many of the cast will be moving onto high school next year. As with all performances, Karen Raymond was surrounded by the performers and given a huge group hug from the students as a sign of their appreciation.
Karen is sure to thank Mrs. Heidenreich and the yearbook class and ALL parents. Lights and Sound were handled by Roger Raymond, Morningstar Music and Kurt August. Set andDesign was headed by Lauren DeHooghe, the Show Video by Josiah Hurtley and Martie Miller, and the spotlight was handled by Mr. Radlovacki.
Congratulations to all of the students for a great performance!
Carson Essi Troy Bolton
Lexi Harrington Gabriella Montez
Jesse Giansanti Ryan Evans
Mikayla Rivera Sharpay Evenat
Emily Boxma Ms. Darbus
Morgan Broxson Jackie Scott and Cathy
Lia Okenkova Taylor
Isabella Valencia Kelsi
Jacob Wagner Chad
Lauren DeHooghe Ms. Tenney/Moderator
Axel Reyes Coach Bolton
Josie Torres Martha
Dagen Rash Zeke
Alex Perez Opera Voice
Prestley Irvan Susan
Jimmy Munoz James
Victoria Novotny Mongo
Bailey Dunstan Ripper