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Jordan-Matthews spring musical rocks reality TV this weekend

Posted Friday, April 15, 2011

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Siler City, NC - Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of your favorite reality TV show? That idea was the inspiration for this year’s spring musical, Reality Rocks!, at Jordan-Matthews High School.

Performances of Reality Rocks! will be Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost $5. No passes will be accepted. All proceeds go to support the music department at Jordan-Matthews.

Following the success of last year’s show, which incorporated Broadway tunes into a musical about high school stereotypes, Reality Rocks! follows both the on and off-stage drama associated with the season finale of a singing competition program.

“The show has all your favorite characters, including the host, the judges, and the contestants,” said Jordan-Matthews chorus and drama teacher Matt Fry, who is directing the show. “And, of course, we’ve got some great vocal performances of classic and contemporary pop and rock songs, from The Beatles all the way to the present.”

“The on-camera story of two finalists waiting to hear who has won the title of “Instant Star” may be familiar to the audience, but the real action happens when the cameras are off,” said Rose Pate, Jordan-Matthews media specialist and author of the show’s book.

“The director, cameraman, and intern all play important roles in the show’s plot.”

Filling those key roles are seniors Chelsea Greenhaw and Gigi Leonard as the director and intern, and freshman Eddie Bishop as the cameraman.

Leonard, who had a featured role in last year’s show, is excited to be playing the lead.

“My favorite song in the show is Katie Perry’s ‘Firework,’” she said. “It’s got great energy and some really fun choreography.”

And what would a live TV show be without an onstage band? The Jordan-Matthews Jazz Ensemble has a role of its own, that of the “house band” of Reality Rocks!

“The class has been working on the music since the beginning of the semester,” said Jordan-Matthews band director Mark Dillon. “This is a great group of accomplished musicians, and I’m especially pleased with the leadership of senior drummer Michael Helms, who will be directing the band on stage during the show.”

Pate described the characters: There’s plenty more action, including a sleazy Hollywood agent, a Latina diva and an old-school rock star. Throw in a pair of feuding country-singing sisters and a scandal that tosses the whole show into an uproar, and you’ve got a fun-filled evening of family entertainment.

“We had fantastic community support last year, and we hope everyone will come out and spend an afternoon or evening sharing music and laughter with our students,” said Fry.

 
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