Rocky Fork Enterprise

'Gahanna Goes Broadway' at alumni show

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"Gahanna Goes Broadway" beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

That's the theme of the second Performing Arts Alumni Show at Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

"We have performers from the early 80s to the recently graduated coming together for a common goal, which is to create an evening of entertainment for the Gahanna community," said Cindi Macioce, visual- and performing-arts chairwoman.

Thus far, about 20 acts are lined up, but other alumni are invited to join, she said.

"This is only our second attempt at doing an alumni show, but the goal has been and will be to do one every four to five years," Macioce said.

The last alumni show in 2010 was in honor of Alex Kip, a 2006 Gahanna graduate, who had been diagnosed with lymphoma.

"The great thing is that he is cancer-free and will be coming back as a performer in the show," she said.

The time commitment for alumni will be minimal, with one technical run through rehearsal of the individual numbers at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26, and one mandatory rehearsal at 6 p.m. Friday, June 27, to learn the finale.

"It's a great way for the alumni to give back to the program, as well as have fun once again on the GLHS stage," Macioce said.

Some of the performers and their acts are Abby Leithart, a doing contemporary dance solo called I am over there; Kip, Erin Scott and Meredith Heilmann, a song/dance called Say Something; Maria Macioce and Scott, For Good, from Wicked; Kip, Try to Remember, from the Fantasticks; Maggie Taylor and Lindsay Donaldson, the Flight song; Maria Macioce, Safer solo from First Date; Haley Bockrath and Beau Snoad, a dance called Runaway Baby; Trenton Weaver and Patrick Schaefer, Lily's Eyes, from Secret Garden; Patrick Schaefer and Kristin Kotatlo, A song that goes like this, from Spamalot; Amy Debevoise and Ian Short, A Little Priest, from Sweeny Todd (musical scene); Emma English, Alto's lament; Max Gold, Till I hear You Sing, from Love Never Dies; Audrey Rice and Courtney Katzmeyer, Ah! Perdona al primo affetto, from La Clemenza di Tito, by Mozart; Megan Burger, Beautiful, by Carole King, and Mix It with Brave, by Sara Bareilles; and Patrick Schaefer and Christian Schaefer, Summertime Sadness, by Lana Del Rey.

"We have singers, dancers and comedians in addition to Alex Kip," Macioce said. "The ensemble of 25-30 performers will come together for a final number to close the show, called Steal Your Rock and Roll, from the Broadway musical, Memphis."

Ticket cost is $10 at the door the evening of the performance.

Anyone who might be interested in taking part in the production or who would like additional information should email Julie Macioce at JSMacioce@gmail.com.

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