Songs for a New World
by Beavercreek High School Drama
Jason Robert Brown has written some great songs celebrating the choices and
chances we make in this adventure of life, and he turned them into the popular
musical revue Songs for a New World – a good revue so long as the
theatre has the voices to carry it off, which Ohio’s Beavercreek High School
does in their production at the 2007 International Thespian Festival.
That vocal talent is highlighted nicely in the duet I’d
Give It All For You, with smooth-voiced Alan Ruddy and the beautiful
vocals of Shelly Neuhart teaming up for a vibrant love song. Comedy-wise,
there’s nothing like a frustrated Mrs. Claus saying she’s got the elves to
keep her warm. Kelli Sexton has a hilarious personality and a fantastic
playfulness in her vocal work.
include the charismatic Ken Newman
leading The Steam Train down the track, Megan Kubasky’s Stars
and Moon about a woman who chose owning a Love Boat over finding love, Megan
Conrad’s gentle, lovely singing of a Christmas Lullaby to her
unborn child, Emily Sexton’s ballad for soldiers in The Flagmaker,
and fed-up, talkative, amusing wife Kelli Brinker dancing on the edge of
a ledge, threatening to jump because of her inattentive husband (the threats
clearly falling on deaf ears). That Kelli also plays the girlfriend who is
blissfully looking forward to her upcoming marriage, completely unaware that the
ballad being sung by her boyfriend (Alan Ruddy), The World Was Dancing,
sounds like a touching love song, but is actually a ballad about his secret
philandering and insensitivity.
The show gets going and draws to an end on the platform
that uses canvas and ropes to somewhat resemble a ship, with Tommy Skelton
using his voice and stage presence to bring the ship sailing into harbor in 1492
and, in the end, to send the show Flying Home.
Performed June 28, 2007.
National Youth Theatre
~ Cast ~
Director: Dawn Stamper
Technical/Artistic Director: Jamie Stamper
Vocal Directors: Christine Browning and Errik Hood
Photos by R. Bruhn Photography: http://www.shutterfly.com/pro/thespianfestival/2007