‘Do You Wanna Dance?’
St. Edmond High School will be busting a move with its spring musical “Do You Wanna Dance.”
The show is a ’90s jukebox performance with an interesting twist and full of hits that everyone in the crowd will recognize.
Top hits include “Do You Wanna Dance,” “Walkin’ On Sunshine,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance” and more.
“The audience will definitely be dancing in their seats,” said Theater Director Alyssa Sparks.
”Do You Wanna Dance” will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. It will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $10.
The show is set in May 1995 in the town of Snaphappy, Ohio, where everyone loves to dance. Everyone — except for Mayor Lightfoot’s new wife, Mona. Mona imposes a dance tax and as expected, the whole town of Snaphappy is in a fret.
The town’s dance studio has to move to a smaller space because of the tax and the kids all land in jail. This morbid dance tax threatens Snaphappy, Ohio’s upcoming celebrations. Their graduation celebration is out of the picture. The kids all work together and come up with a plan.
“This show is truly a feel good show about students coming together to solve problems.” said Sparks.
“Do You Wanna Dance” involves a great amount of ensemble and leading roles alike.
“The show is very ensemble driven,” Sparks said, “Leading roles and ensemble characters are all very much involved in the show and are included in the many songs and dances throughout the show.”
The students participating in this show are also coming together to solve a problem.
Because of the great, diverse talent at St. Edmond High School, scheduling has been a bit of a conflict. There are so many different athletes and members of clubs who are also participating in “Do You Wanna Dance” that finding good times for everyone to meet up has been difficult.
St. Edmond High School students participating in the show are very committed to making the musical excellent.
“The kids have been great about working with each other outside of our scheduled choreography rehearsals, trying to catch up and work out some of the kinks.” said Sparks, “I think the kids were a bit intimidated by the amount of dancing in the show, but they are really having fun with it.”
‘Do You Wanna Dance’ cast and crew
Delaney Duzwell: Brooklin Border
Chad Lightfoot: Jake Szalat
Mayor Pete Lightfoot: Cade Naughton
Mona Lightfoot: Meghan Hanley
Lucas: Nick Lawler
Emma: Morgan Border
Daphne Duzwell: Jill Cosgrove
Don Duzwell: Cooper Fleming
Principal Wizzle: Jacque Oberg
Susan Mansford: Zoe Assadipour
Bob Mansford: Sean Flattery
Officer Carlisle: Gage Johnson
Cheerleaders: Riley Mayer,
Audrey Kolacia, Claire Fleming,
Abby Landwehr, Alyssa Bottorff
Katie: Katie Finnegan
Mattie: Claire Condon
Jess: Emma Gruver
Brandie: Cameron Brown
Kyra: Alisa Anderson
Darby: Michelle Waller
Christian: Joey Timmerman
Taylor Simpson: Hallie Ehn
Tanya Simpson: Ella Vratny
Ashley Mansford: Maggie Lennon
Tammy: Olivia Kolacia
Mrs. Ogilvie: Sidney Messerly
Mr. Simpson: Jed Tracy
Mrs. Simpson: Erin Flattery
Sister Caresalot: Natalie Nordstrom
Sherry: Maddie Nemmers
Graduation DJ: Kacey Kruthoff
Mrs. Lester: Amanda Richman
Blake Banston: Jackson Bemrich
Amy Johnson and Kim Peimann
Alto Sax: Nelson Cook
Tenor Sax: Jack Stackhouse
Bari Sax: Ashley Nieland
Trumpet: Korbin Brown,
Aaron Simpson, Maggie Strickland
Trombone: Brady O’Brien
Flute: Ica McMahon
Drum Set: Michael Peterson
Auxiliary Percussion: Ellie Wallace
Guitar: Jason Grover
Bass: Greg Merrit
Piano: Katrina O’Brien
Theater Director: Alyssa Sparks
Choral Director: Benjamin Wegner
Pit Director: Nathan Cashman
Choreographer: Rachel Bell