The CCS Thespians will present the 2017 Hawkeye Revue on April 1 and 2, a 7 p.m. evening show followed by a 2 p.m. matinee, in the NJ Sterling Auditorium at Cooperstown High School.
This is the third annual production of the Revue, which features students and guest faculty members performing great songs from across the spectrum of the American Musical Theatre. We return this year to the format of having a large orchestra consisting of students and a few pros to accompany the performances.
This year’s theme is Songs from Shows We Won’t Do, and includes terrific – and appropriate – songs from shows which are not necessarily the best choices for high school performances. For example, Thespians adviser Tim Iversen said The Fantasticks is a wonderful show, but has too small a cast to provide opportunities for students to take part. Students and faculty members selected most of their songs, which had to pass Iversen’s veto power, in December so he would have time to craft orchestrations for each piece. Many began rehearsing as early as January, allowing them time to make decisions about whether to use costumes, props or choreography in their performance.
The show is open to all, with a suggested donation at the door of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Refreshments will be available at intermission. Proceeds will benefit the CCS Thespians, who produce the annual fall musical.