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From Bedford to Broadway

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Angela Anderson, left, and Sarah Olson sing about the tough life downtown in "Skid Row' from 'Little Shop of Horrors.' It's only one of many Broadway tunes featured in this year's Bedford Youth production, 'From Bedford to Broadway.' The show opens Tuesday.
(T-G Photo by Mary Reeves)
While some teenagers may be spending these last precious days of summer vacation at the pool or the lake, there's about a dozen or so who have been slaving away down at The Fly Cultural Arts Center on this year's Bedford Youth production, "Bedford to Broadway."

The show, a musical review featuring songs from several popular Broadway musicals, Opens Tuesday at 7 p.m. and continues through Saturday.

Stage ecstasy

"I love it!" said Sarah Olson, 17, who choreographed the show. "I've been here since 2 o'clock painting and I'm thinking, 'I wish I could do this for the rest of my life.'"

Actually -- she intends to. The Shelbyville Central rising senior has plans to major in pre-med when she heads off to college ...

"But I'll minor in theater," she said. "I'm looking forward to growing up; there are so many more roles available."

She's been taking dance since she was 3 and acting in local productions since she was 6. "Bedford to Broadway" is her sixth Bedford Youth production, and her first solo run as lead choreographer.

"It's harder, but I feel like it's really cool because this is my baby," said Sarah. "It's cool to see it done and know I did it!"

Experienced help

Others helping out with the show are old hands at their jobs -- if you consider 20 or 21 to be old. Keith Wortham, 21, reprises his show-stopping role of Seymour from "Little Shop of Horrors" and is back, not just to kick the show off with "Skid Row" from that play, but as one of the two music directors. He shares the honors with Lindsey Slaughter -- as well as billing. She was Audrey to his Seymour in "Little Shop."

Hmmm, they somehow look familiar ... Keith Wortham and Lindsey Slaughter study the poster from the 'Little Shop of Horrors' production from two years ago -- starring Keith Wortham and Lindsey Slaughter.
(T-G Photo by Mary Reeves)
Ryan Clanton emcees the program, which was all he really intended to do.

"I asked if I could be the host and kind of announce things before each song," he said. "The next thing I know, I got roped into three numbers."

New role

That wouldn't seem like such a big deal, especially to someone like Keith, who is majoring in music education at Belmont and participates in their opera. But for Ryan?

"I've never been in a musical before," said Ryan, who also served as assistant director to Janice Cole. "I've only done regular plays. Dancing has been the biggest challenge for me."

But like the rest of the cast, he dug in and came through. From the amazingly pure and powerful tones of Angela Anderson to the sweet ingenue styles of Sabrina Hargrove, the cast brings each number to life on the stage and there is an amazing amount of talent in each teen (or used-to-be-a-teen-just-a-short-while-ago).

Songs and stories

As a musical revue, there's no plot, no dialogue, just one song after another from Broadway shows. But the stories have been woven together in a way that makes sense, as they chart the journey of young star-struck hopefuls from their home (Bedford) to their dream (Broadway.) It's not always a pretty journey, with visits along the way to Skid Row and Sweeney Todd's shop, but there's a lot of humor and good feeling to make the traveling easier, with songs from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Godspell," and "Funny Girl."

Zac Moore, left, plays a disgusted Charlie Brown, who gets frustrated when some of the "Little Known Facts" given out by Lucy (Sarah Olson) to Linus (Houston Durr) include stars making it rain and snow rising from the ground.
(T-G Photo by Mary Reeves)
Choreographing such a wide variety of songs and styles was the challenge Sarah faced, and she threw in everything from tango to waltz, with each dance fitting each song. The only one she didn't mess with?

"All That Jazz," she said, laughing. "It's Bob Fosse. I'm thinking, 'I can't change anything. It's Bob Fosse!'"

Come to the Fly ths week and you'll have a "Wicked" time, see a "Music Man," and a "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and hear about when "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

If you go

if you go

August 2,3,4,5,6

Show time is 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adult front seating, $10 adult side seating, and $5 for students. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 703-7613.


Ryan Clanton is emceeing the event, but found himself helping director Janice Cole and joining in three numbers.
(T-G Photo by Mary Reeves)
Angela Anderson

Ryan Clanton

Houston Durr

Philip Gant

Alexi Gordon

Sabrina Hargrove

Shay Joaquin

Savannah Lynch

Zac Moore

Sarah Olson

Chris Potts

Akelah Rowe

Lindsey Slaughter

Kristen Swing

Brenden Taylor

Meredith White

Emily Winnette

Keith Wortham

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I think I'm going to have to miss this. :(

Will this be available on DVD like the plays?

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Aug 6, 2011, at 4:45 PM

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