Rock & Roll Revival continues Thursday night

Rockin’ the Movies, this year’s annual Rock & Roll Revival, opened Friday at James M. Bennett High School and continues this Thursday.

Tickets cost $20 for the weekend shows and $15 on Feb. 14 and are available at the Bank of Delmarva branch on Eastern Shore Drive or online at ticketleap.com. Email jmbrocknroll2019@gmail.com or call 410-726-3211.

The 21st annual production, with an all-student cast, will be presented again Thursday, Feb. 14, Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

“It’s a very Hollywood theme and a very glamorous set. It’s going to be beautiful,” said Dory Hayman, director.

Junior Treyce Wilson is a three-year veteran of the show.

This year he’ll sing selections including “East Bound and Down” and the classic Beatles hit “Hard Day’s Night.”

“I have had a love of performing in front of people ever since I was in middle school. I always had this love of being on stage and seeing people’s faces light up when they see people perform,” Wilson said.

“It’s fun. It’s definitely a lot of hard work but it’s all about the team work. I love how everybody comes together for these shows,” he said.

Bennett senior Joey McJilton has been in the Rock & Roll Revival since ninth grade. This year she will sing “The Rose” and “The Eye of the Tiger.”

“I just love the cast members and the community, how close you work together. It’s the best feeling in the world.

“The first night I’m usually a little bit shaky, then after that I’m cool. I’m like, ‘I know the stage,’” she said.

Hayman said the show will feature the theme from Smokey and the Bandit and Ghostbusters, as well as selections from more modern movies.

Thirty-four songs associated with movies will be performed, including those from James Bond films, Fame, Flashdance, Footloose, Ghost, Purple Rain and Mamma Mia!

“Our kids are good. They are polite. They are respectful. They ask me how I am doing. Our kids really are amazing. They work hard. They work unbelievably hard. I am seeing great kids,” she said.

“Our students are fantastically talented and incredibly committed to doing this show, and they’ve been rehearsing their songs for months. It’s going to be an amazing experience for them and for everyone who is part of the audience.

“These kids, when they hit the stage and we hit those lights, they never let me down,” Hayman said.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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