Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival returns for 17th year at JMB

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Talented Bennett High students will entertain audiences with musical favorites at the energetic Rock ‘N Roll Revival next month.

“It’s a nice evening out with some talented musicians, singers and dancers, local talent. It’s well worth the money,” said Sandy Hentschel, public relations coordinator for the 17th annual show.

This year, the theme is Paint by Numbers, so songs are about colors or numerals. All the music is at least 20 years old, and spans the 1950s to early 1990s.

Shows will be at the school Feb. 6 to 8 and Feb. 12 to 15 at 7 p.m., except Sundays, when they will be at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays and $15 for Thursday. They are available at Bank of Delmarva on Eastern Shore Drive or at http://mkt.com/jmbrockandrollrevival.

“Sometimes people will say $20 for a ticket is high, but they get three hours’ worth of entertainment and it’s well worth it. There is professional sound equipment and these kids have been practicing since November,” Hentschel said.

Proceeds benefit the PTSA, and usually about $20,000 is raised.

In 1999, Meg Schomann started the revival. At the time, her daughter was in 10th grade, and after she graduated in 2001, Christie Wersen began directing. Music directors are Larry Wersen and Alex Wersen. Katie Nuttall is choreographer. Margaret Engler and Chris Wilde are producers.

Hentschel, whose 15-year-old son, Cole, a drummer, is in the revival, is impressed with the cast of 135 teens in ninth to 12th grades, who rehearse for months before performing 48 songs.

“Cole loves being in it. He loves the music. He enjoys his friends and working in it,” she said.

“By the end, all the kids have CDs in their cars because they have to be able to sing along. Every student has several songs to sing. It’s organized by volunteers. All the costumes are made by volunteers. There are volunteer ushers. The junior class does the concessions to make money for their class,” Hentschel explained.

If she had to choose a single word to describe the revival, she said it would be “teamwork.”

“It really is,” she said, “because everybody has to work together as a team.”

Senior Heather Starner, who’s been on the Bennett stage four years, said it doesn’t feel like work.

“It’s something you look forward to doing. We are all friends. We never have any problems at Rock ’N Roll.  We all come here to do the same thing,” said Starner, who’s studied dance 15 years, since she was 2.

“The people who come to see it can expect to be enlightened. The mood is so happy and everybody is having a good time. It’s hard to tell who’s having more fun, the audience or the cast.”

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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