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FAME, The Musical, coming to Picayune
FAME, the musical, is coming the Picayune School District auditorium Thursday, Apil 21 through Saturday, April 23, courtesy of some talented students at Picayune Memorial High School with coaching and help of their teachers.
FAME began life as a movie, then was a popular television series in the 1980s, and is now a poplar musical stage show. It is based on an actual high school in New York City, the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts. At that school, students who must audition to get in, have their artistic talents honed even as they are taking the academic courses all other high school students must pass to graduate.
The students are practicing for the production now and their own struggles are evident as the work goes on. As with most talented students, they are all involved in other activities so the play practices have to revolve to some extent around those activities and the always constant struggle to keep up with academics. Some of the actors are in the school's show choir, which left Thursday for New York City and the FAME competition where it scored eighth place, others are members of the Pride of the Tide dance team, which was in competition over the weekend in Denton, Texas, where the team took a first place award in lyrical dance and was second in prop, another of the five areas of dance competition and took first place in academics.
Lead roles in the production are Carmen, played by Jacey Grubbs; Nick, by Josh Mohon; Joe, but Josh Means; Serena, by Ashley Veerkamp; Mabel, by Ashley Roberson; Goody, by Ben Jordan; Tyrone, by Emanuel Jeffereson; Iris, by Saron Mitchell; Lambchops, by Faith Davis; Schlomo, by Andrew Bird; Ms. Bell, by Briana Russell; Miss Sherman, by Amanda Williams; Mr. Meyers, by Joe Burrage; and Mr. Sheinkopf, by Chris Davis.
The musical production was conceived and developed by David DeSliva, the book is by Jose Fernandez, lyrics are by Jacques Levy and the music is by Steve Margoshes. The title song, "Fame," was written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore.
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