Vail Christian High School students present Tony Awards musical revue
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What: Vail Christian’s Tony Awards Show.
When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Vail Christian High School’s auditorium, Edwards.
Cost: Adults $10. Students are 2 for 1. Bring a friend and it’s $5 each.
More information: Call Vail Christian High School at 970-926-3015.
As good as the musical numbers are in Vail Christian High School’s musical revue, the shtick between the numbers might be better.
Vail Christian is presenting a Tony Awards-style musical revue hosted by Larkin Smith and Stuart McDonald, who are hilarious.
The cast of 20 performers will present about a dozen numbers from three Tony Award-winning musicals: “Pippin,” “Bring It On” and “Godspell.”
The evening starts with “Pippin.” It’s on Broadway right now, so you can look it up.
They follow with a few numbers from “Bring It On” and wrap up with “Godspell.”
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Let’s put on a show!
The whole thing came about because Vail Christian’s guidance counselor was looking through their resumes, which are filled with all kinds of wonderfulness.
However, theater and productions were conspicuous by their absence.
This, the kids said, will never do, especially since so many of them work with the Vail Performing Arts Academy and the Vail Valley Academy of Dance.
So the kids decided to put on a show, which works out well because they’re a really talented bunch.
“This grew out of the kids’ hearts,” said Melinda Carlson, the director. “They have all kinds of talent and experience.”
Among the cast are your standard singers, dancers and off-the-scale extroverts, but you’ll also find choreographers and gymnasts, which explains why they can present “Pippin.”
“The three shows are three styles of musicals and three styles of dance,” Carlson said.
Rachel Keith and Rocky Walder did the choreography. They’re on Vail Christian’s dance team and have won state titles three years straight, so they know how to do this.
The Vail Performing Arts Academy’s Colin Meiring has worked with Keith and Walder for years, and helped them with this.
Smith and McDonald were part of Vail Christian’s state-title winning academic decathlon team.
The pair won two straight state speech titles for being funnier than anyone else. To win this year’s title, they boiled the entire “Book of Mormon” down to 10 minutes.
They won’t be doing the “Book of Mormon” at Vail Christian’s Tony show, but they’ll do bits from musicals and comedies.
And as we have scientifically established, they’re hilarious.
“They poke fun at different musicals and do all sorts of things. They’re really entertaining,” Carlson said.
Even the parents are involved. Smith’s dad is an artist and designed the background and a huge Tony Award statue.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.