SHAMOKIN — Top student performers from local high school musicals were showcased at Northumberland Theatre League’s “A Night of Broadway” Wednesday at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center.
WNEP-TV’s Jon Meyer served as emcee for the annual event, which featured both solo and group performances from Shamokin Area, Mount Carmel Area, Line Mountain, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional, Bloomsburg, Milton Area, Shikellamy, Sunbury Christian and Selinsgrove Area. He told the large crowd that hosting brought back fond memories of high school theatre.
More than 20 songs from such musicals as “Bells Are Ringing,” “The Wiz” and “Les Miserables” were presented. Between performances, Meyer described the upcoming musical selection and announced the students.
Autumn Martin, who portrayed Belle from Selinsgrove High School’s production of “Beauty and the Beast,” said putting her character’s costume on one last time brought back a slew of emotions. The senior expressed hopefulness for the future, even though she will no longer have the opportunity to perform with her classmates.
“It’s really nice to get back into costume again, it’s been so long,” Martin said backstage prior to performing “Home” and “A Change in Me.” “It’s a lot of mixed emotions — it’s happiness, sadness and hopefulness.”
Shamokin Area senior Arcadio Duganitz described the evening as amazing, adding that it brought a good feeling to be able to perform songs from “Les Miserables” one last time for everyone.
It was also an opportunity for Duganitz and many other student performers to take-in other high schools shows, the majority of which they could not attend because of their own practices or conflicts.
Duganitz said hard work during months of practices is offset by the joy of pleasing a crowd on show nights. He had some advice for underclassmen considering joining a school musical: “Get involved.”
“It is probably the greatest decision you will ever make,” he said of joining a musical. “It’s a lot of hard work, dedication and so much time, but it’s all worth it for pleasing everybody in the crowd, entraining people and being someone you will never be in the real world.”