An explosion of talent brings Singin’ In The Rain to the Roanoke Valley

 Singin in the Rain explodes onto the stage with exceptionally talented students from Burton’s Center for Performing Arts. Performers from throughout the valley come together to bring the iconic Hollywood musical alive, featuring songs like “Good Mornin’,” “Moses Supposes,” “Mak’em Laugh,” and dances like “Broadway Rhythm,” and of course the title song “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Leading the cast is Cave Spring junior Peyton Conner as Kathy Selden, William Byrd sophomores Nathan Patrick as Don Lockwood and David Scott as Cosmo Brown, and Glenvar junior Emma Hartless as Lina Lamont, aka the triple threat who can’t sing, can’t dance and can’t act.

The entire cast of 48 performers will remind you why we love this Gene Kelley, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor show so much – the innocence, the comedic and romantic songs, and the amazing tap dancing. Guest artist Patrick Kennerly also makes an appearance as the unforgettable diction coach, and joins the cast just singin’ and dancin’ in the rain.

Singin in the Rain is how a Hollywood industry moved from the silent era to the talkies. Screen legends Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont must make a move to the future of filmmaking. Don embraces it with the help of his good friend Cosmo Brown, and a new starlet who has captured his heart, Kathy Selden.

Unfortunately, his onscreen love interest Lina Lamont has a lot to say about the talkies, as well as his interest in Selden. Brought to you by the same team that produced “Sister Act,” and “Little Mermaid, director Carol Lyn Webster, choreographer Kelli Manor and vocal director Matt Bartley.

Singin in the Rain is based on the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green with songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. The stage version is based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. Music is published by EMI. Original movie choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. The show is produced by arrangement with Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc. Presented through a special arrangement of Music Theatre International.

Come listen and see to this explosive tap dancing show at Glenvar High School, March 22-24, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free admission, but donations appreciated. For more information, contact Carol Lyn Webster at cwebster@rcs.k12.va.us or call Burton Center for Arts and Technology at 1-540-857-5000.

 

  • Submitted by Carol Lyn Webster, Burton Center for Performing Arts

 

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