BBA to present The All Night Strut!

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MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton Academy's Performing Arts Department presents The All Night Strut! for five nights at 6:30 p.m. May 14 to 18 at the school's Riley Center for the Arts.

The show invites you "to get on board" as its rich musical journey transports you to a bygone era.

The years show is a jukebox musical of the 1930s and 40s.

We have never done this style of show and it has been a fantastic challenge to our cast to work on the close harmonies of that era and to understand the social, economic and historical significance of this time frame and what it represents to an era and generation of people gone by.

Experience the music of the Depression, World War II and the post-war boom of the 1930s and '40s as nine singers and 14 dancers recreate the rollicking rhythm, rhyme and rich harmonies of jazz, bebop, blues and uniquely American songs.

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The songs include In The Mood, Juke Box Saturday Night, and Chattanooga Choo Choo by such legendary composers as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Cab Calloway and the Gershwins.

The tunes are sure to transport you back in time to when music defined, healed and inspired a nation.

The cast includes Miles Allen, Isabelle Desroche, Anna Freebern, Val Giesey, Zoe Grigsby, Julia Lund, Annabelle Mackson, Matt Scott, August Stauffer, Julia Barclay, Evangeline Bulick, Mylee Downey, Ryan Frank, Rachel Hemmer, Ariah Holliman, Jillian Ihasz, Sophie Jager, Aidan Kennedy, Julia Lorenzoni, Sabayo Matiku, Melissa Nolan, Emily Samuelson and Hannah Samuelson.

There are almost 70 BBA students working on this production either on stage, in the pit band, stage management, set construction, set design, costumes and more. The company also investigated in depth the historical significance of this time in our history.

The All Night Strut! was originally conceived, directed and choreographed by Fran Charnas.

Tickets are $7 for Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff and children under 18; and $12 for the general public. Please order tickets online at bbatickets.com. The 24-hour information line is 802-549-8224. Box office opens one hour prior to show time.


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