COPENHAGEN To borrow a term from that decade, Sara D. Gleason has found the 1980s to be quite bodacious.
The musical Back to the 80s has become a hit for the students here, who will stage the show at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the gymnatorium.
One day last week, shortly before some students practiced their choreography to the B-52s Love Shack on the gym floor while others buzzed around on stage, Mrs. Gleason, vocal and general music teacher at Copenhagen, noted that students have found much to relate to in the 80s decade.
Its just a lot of songs that people recognize, Mrs. Gleason said. Its surprising, in general, how much of the 80s have come back for high school kids the fashion, the songs ... not so much the poofy hair, luckily.
Back to the 80s, written by Neil Gooding, is a musical in two acts. It tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-something.
Its basically a typical 80s high school scene, said senior Heidi K. Moser, who plays Tiffany. It has all the same drama. Its about going to the prom and a new girl comes in who doesnt exactly fit in with the cool crowd. She tries to find her place.
Besides music from the B-52s, the production includes popular 80s songs Girls Just What to have Fun, Footloose, Walking on Sunshine and Total Eclipse of the Heart.
I like how it brings back memories to the audience, said senior Christopher M. Romero, who plays Cory.
Both of the students enjoyed learning about the music.
I think its cool, said Heidi. Its definitely different than ours. But its fun to listen to. And singing and making the choreography for the dances has been a lot of fun.
I think it will be fun for the audience, especially those raised in the 80s, Chris said. It will be like a flashback, with all the styles were wearing and the songs. It should be fun.
Mrs. Gleason said one benefit of the show is not having to search far for costumes.
Students havent had a lot of trouble finding them, she said. They ask me, What should I wear? Whats 80s? I tell them, You have it on.
Heidi said some of the fashions have changed, but students had a way to view those styles from four decades ago.
We had to Google a lot, she said.
Mrs. Gleason said shes happy to see the high student interest in the musical.
I wanted something they could relate to in order to get more kids involved, she said. A majority of the lead roles are not involved in the music department. They were interested enough to audition and join.
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The cast of Back to the 80s at Copenhagen Central School District:
Adam Woodruff as Corey Palmer; Christopher Romero as Corey Palmer Jr.; Zachary Nicol as Alf Bueller; Nick Harris as Kirk Keaton; Heidi Moser as Tiffany Houston; Sydney OShaughnessy as Cyndi Gibson; Elizabeth Martin as Mel Easton; Kelsey Pitts as Kim Easton; Chris Thompson as Michael Feldman; Alex Herzberg as Billy Arnold; Kenny Hamilton as Lionel Astley; Najib Quinones as Huey Jackson; Christian Hamilton as Feargal McFerrin; Sara Goutremout as Eileen Reagan; Samantha Kallen as Laura Wilde; Jessia Sanders as Debbie Fox; Christian Johnson as Mr. Stevie Cocker, Rachel Bush-Muncy as Ms. Sheena Brannigan and Emily Sipher and Laura Graves as featured singers.
Billy Arnolds back-up singers: Makenzie Carr, Mackenzie St. Louis, Madison Furgison, Morgan Young and Hailey Baisden.
Chorus: Jenna Bevens, Stephanie Aubin, Erica Culver, Dakota Petrie, Taylor Ridsdale, Emily Scholler and Ashley Young.
Backstage crew: Sydney Greene and Ian Sawyer.