from The Star--Co-director Kent Johnson said DeKalb High School's theater department always faces a good problem--too much talent.
The dilemma becomes finding a play or musical with "enough parts to give our extremely talented students opportunities to shine," he said.
This fall, Johnson and his wife and co-director, Shelley, hit upon a new solution--a musical revue.
"Beguiled Again" will take the DeKalb auditorium stage Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., featuring 50 songs by legendary composers Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
Kent Johnson said last spring when DeKalb presented "Oklahoma!" by Rodgers and his second partner, Oscar Hammerstein II, he released that today's high school students don't know the music of great composers from the first half of the 20th century. That makes "Beguiled Again" an educational tool as well as a good show.
"Rodgers and Hart were just fun," Johnson said. "hart's lyrics have this great, turn-of-phrase wit about them. ...The only one who compares is Cole Porter."
Beguiled Again" moves through its 50 songs at a fast pace, including "my Funny Valentine," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Blue Moon" and "Bewitched, bothered and bewildered," which supplies the show title in it lyrics.
"They just give you enough of the song that you enjoy it," Johnson said. the show features 35 singers and a small backup band.
"It's set up like a 1930's club. This is the first time our band is on stage in the center of the singers," Johnson said.
The show's first act follows the composers' careers from "radio days" to their Broadway and Hollywood eras. Act two focuses on different types of love songs.
"People will not recognize the title of this show," Jonson said, but he promised, "If they come, they'll go, 'Oh, yes, I remember that song.'"
Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and will be available at the door.
Cast members for "Beguiled Again" are Codey Albers, Jayna Arzola, Dalton Bell, Elizabeth Bolinger, Julianne Boyd, Shayna Burrage, Megan Buss, Brittany Doehrman, Susie Fozo, James Garrett, Tia Hackbush, Kelsey Haley, Alyssa Imus, Matt Irwin, Alison Kennedy, Dallas Krinop, Emily Lieb, Courtney Lynch, Meagan McBride, Chris McMaken, Sean Mentzer, Kamryn Moreland, Anna Muckenfuss, Shelby Mumford, Courtney Myers, Brandon Park, Adele Poudrier, Vince Rainelli, Paige Ricketts, Jeffrey Slaven, Gunner Stairhime, Christa Voirol, Taysha Wilkinson, Christy Williams, Technical crew members are Andrew Hathaway, Jacob Meyer and Tyler Doyle. Stag