By Barb Van Atta
“March Musical Madness.”
With a nod to collegiate basketball, that’s how Larry Kassan, director of special projects for the Binghamton City School District’s Rod Serling School of the Arts, describes the upcoming season of Broadway musicals presented by high schools in Broome County.
Performances begin this weekend — with Binghamton’s Anything Goes and Susquehanna Valley High School’s Grease — and continue through early May, with, as Kassan pointed out, many of the shows being presented in March.
Audience members who have not seen a high school musical recently will be in for a very pleasant surprise. Do not think of these ventures as “kid shows” but as serious amateur efforts complete with elaborate sets and costumes, strong direction and choreography, and bigger pit orchestras than some professional productions. And all for tickets of $10 or less.
Here’s a quick look at each school’s show: Read the rest of this entry »