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Erekson Theatre to sparkle on Saturday

May 19, 2011

Connor Hakes

    Just a few weeks after performing the spring musical, the Bellmont High School show choirs are at it again, this time with their yearly exposition, Sparkle.
    Sparkle will be held this Saturday at 7 p.m. in Erekson Memorial Theatre.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens, and all children under five are free.
    The show this year will include the music of the phenomenal British rock group Queen.  Such favorites included will be "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions", "Killer Queen", "Bicycle Race", and multiple others. 
    Because the musical took up most of the groups' preparation time, there were only three weeks to prepare for Sparkle. "I needed music that students would be familiar with," Director Ric Geist said about his choice of show. "I needed something that could be quickly put together and still be great." 
     After a record-breaking season for solos, Geist intends to reward the nine students who competed in the solo contests.
    "I wanted something solo based," he said about the show.  "We've never had a grand champion soloist before, and this year we had a student win twice."  The student is junior Connor Hakes, who also played the phantom in this year's musical.
     Geist intends to highlight others for the work they've done as well, such as sophomore Madison Stoppenhagen, junior Ethan Lichtle, and senior Olivia Babb.
    As multiple members of the group will be graduating high school soon, including several of the instrumentalists, Sparkle is also a chance for the show choir to become used to playing with their new accompanists. 
    "We'll be introducing some new faces," Geist said.  "Practicing and playing with the group for Sparkle is a great chance for the new instrumentalists to get the feel of what it is like to play with the show choir."

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