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OCP presents Hooray for Hollywood Tuesday at Ogdensburg Free Academy

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OGDENSBURG — How do you sum up the last 50 years of Hollywood?

Through song, that’s how.

Ogdensburg Command Performances will present “Hooray for Hollywood” on Tuesday at Ogdensburg Free Academy. The all-singing, all-dancing musical production will feature more than 15 songs from the last 50 years of movies.

Jessica L. Coffman, 28, of Los Angeles, who said she has been singing and dancing since she was 5, is a principle singer and lead dancer in the production.

She said audiences are excited about the musical numbers because many have an emotional connection to the music or time period.

“Being born in the ’80s, I love the ’80s musicals — “Footloose,” “Fame,” “Flashdance,” “Dirty Dancing,” and “Hairspray” — that section is fun for me to get to sing,” she said. “I would say that most of the numbers that are in show will be very recognizable for most in the audience.”

The musical production features many upbeat dance numbers such as “All that Jazz” from the musical “Chicago” and music from the “Blues Brothers,” but, surprisingly, it’s the slow ballads from “Ghost” and “Les MisÚrables” that audiences react to the most, Ms. Coffman said.

“The show is full of a lot of singing and dancing with high energy,” she said. “When we sing some selections from ‘Les MisÚrables’ it creates a completely different energy in the show. Audiences tend to really enjoy ‘Unchained Melody,’ also. it’s quiet and there are only four singers in spotlights. It’s a great moment to just sit back and listen.”

With very little set design or changes, the production relies on the acting of its dancers and singers, who make costume changes after each number.

“The most rewarding part of the show is seeing the audience’s response to it,” she said. “We’ve got lots of standing ovations. It’s important as actors to see that we are making a positive impact on the audience.”

Hooray for Hollywood
WHAT: Presented as part of Ogdensburg Command Performances season
WHEN/WHERE: Show begins at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at George Hall Auditorium, Ogdensburg Free Academy; preshow chat begins at 6:45 p.m.
TICKETS: From $17 to $37. Discounts available for senior citizens, students, groups of 15 or more, and OCP Friends. Purchase by calling 393-2625, emailing ocp@ogdensburgk12.org, or going online to ILoveTheatre.org.
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