Rock and Roll Revival continues through Sunday

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This year’s popular Rock and Roll Revival, featuring dozens of musical performances, opens Friday for a seven-night run at Bennett High School.

Show dates are Feb. 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. except on Sundays, when they will be at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 each for all shows except on Thursday, Feb. 11. For that day, the ticket cost is $15.

Called Directions, the theme is up, down, north, west, east and south, explained Chris Wilde, business manager, whose children used to be in the show.

Songs include “Take It Easy,” “Maniac,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Don’t Let The Sun Come Down on Me.”

“Most of the songs have a lead singer or two. The whole idea of the revival part is, all the songs are at least 20 years old. Many Rock and Roll Revival shows around the country are used for fundraisers for schools and they want to be sure that, pretty much, the parents know the songs,” Wilde said.

About 50 selections will be performed.

“It’s all live music. There’s a 40-piece band, a couple dozen lead singers, a lot of back-up singers and about 50 to 60 dancers. They are all Bennett students and it’s all live music,” Wilde said.

This is the 18th or 19th year for the rousing three-hour production.

“Usually most shows sell out,” Wilde said.

Total production costs are about $80,000. After expenses — including costumes, hiring a professional sound company and paying $15,000 to rent the school auditorium —  there’s about a $20,000 profit, used by the PTA.

Auditions began in October and dancers started rehearsing in late November.

“It really showcases the talent of teenagers. Teenagers often get vilified as lazy or always on Facebook. These students work very hard and it really showcases their artistic talents. It’s like the football team for the arts kids,” Wilde said.


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