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‘Knight on Broadway’ on stage Thursday

November 4, 2016
By CHUCK?BALLARO ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

For most students, parents and teachers, the annual "Knight on Broadway" performance is a chance to see the most talented student singers and dancers at North Fort Myers High School.

For the kids who are performing, it's an opportunity to show they have the talent, energy and poise to handle situations when the stakes are higher in the spring.

More than 100 singers and dancers will perform at the annual Knight on Broadway on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The performance is a musical revue featuring more than 30 songs from the greatest Broadway shows.

Michelle Whitener, who runs the drama and music department at North, said this event has gotten bigger and better over the years.

"These kids want to be in musical theater in the fall and we put them in a variety of different numbers, solos, duets, small group and large group musicals," Whitener said. "We take a variety of shows and have a good time."

The show serves to preview the talent from this year's group, which will be narrowed down for the auditions for this year's spring musical "Rock of Ages," which comes up in a couple weeks. Whitener said about 55 students will be in that production.

It also serves as something of an audition, Whitener said. She said she wants to see how they handle a large crowd and who has the will and energy in this two-hour show.

"We have seen who works and who cares and who is prepared when we see them onstage. This is a look at them and what they have worked on and it is a mini-audition," Whitener said. "I want to see how they handle the crowd, how they enter and exit and if they have a certain energy. If it's an ensemble, I want to see who sticks out and is working the crowd."

While there is no theme, Whitener promises a fast-paced show, with few songs lasting more than three minutes. There will be no intermission, so hopefully, if you need to take a break, you won't miss your loved one.

The show will begin and end with all 100 students on stage singing. In between there will be solos, duets and big and small ensembles performing classic Broadway hits.

There will be little scenery or costumes - just the kids performing and having a good time.

"It's like the performers have to rely on themselves to get through it. In the spring, we'll get crazy like we always do. We want to start simple and go from there," Whitener said.

Tickets are $5 general admission.



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