Decked out in 1980s fashion and plenty of hairspray, Powell High School theatre students will perform “Rock of Ages” this weekend.
Built around classic rock songs from the ’80s, the musical features songs from Bon Jovi, Styx, Journey, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and other rock bands.
“Mostly, we chose the play because we believe that the students and our audience will appreciate the music,” said Bob Hunt, the play’s director.
Hunt said he grew up listening to ’80s hair bands, and Jeff Greaham, the vocal director, has experience touring with bands that played the songs in the show.
“We have both noticed that students still listen to ’80s rock and wear ’80s band T-shirts,” Hunt said. “There is still something in the music that resonates with high school students, and it will certainly resonate with parents who come to see the show.”
Though all of the students in the cast were born after 2000, most of them were familiar with a lot of the ‘80s songs in “Rock of Ages,” he said.
“Everyone knew songs like ‘Don’t Stop Believin,’ ‘We Built this City’ and ‘Every Rose Has its Thorn,’” Hunt said. “However, there were a few songs that not all of the students knew.”
Students also had to dust off their dancing shoes as they learned new dance routines. The choreographer, Madisen McDonald, “does a really nice job with the dance numbers,” Hunt said. Two student dance captains, Jaxton Braten and Rachel Bozell, also have helped.
“I am amazed at how quickly they pick up the choreography,” Hunt said.
He said the cast has a nice mixture of students who have been in past PHS plays and those performing in their first play.
“It is also just a really nice group of students,” Hunt said. “They really support each other and have great positive energy.”
The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights at the PHS Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for students.
Director — Bob Hunt
Vocal Direction — Jeff Greaham
Choreography — Madisen McDonald
Costumes, Makeup — Christi Greaham
Projection Design — Christi Greaham, Nic Fulton
Dance Coaches — Rachel Bozell and Jaxton Braten
Lonny — Nic Fulton
Justice — Kenadee Bott
Dennis — Grant Dillivan
Drew — Holden Wilson
Sherrie — Ashlyn Aguirre
Father — Devin Ott
Mother — Rachel Bozell
Joey Primo — Joe Kousoulos
Anita — Bailey Phillips
Mayor — Abigail Cubbage
Hilda — Lucy Sullivan
Franz — CJ Brown
Stacee — Aidan Hunt
Waitress 1 — Cierra Bridges
Waitress 2 — Abby Landwehr
Waitress 3 — Addy Moretti
Constance — Maggie Cappiello
Ja’Keith — Aaron Lind
Protestor 1 — Kaelin Crichton
Protestor 2 — Elisa Polson
Protestor 3 — Joelynn Petrie
Sleazy Producer — Jace Bohlman
Sleazier Producer — Jaxton Braten
Lead Guitarist — Takota Hammond
Drummer — Thallen Sessions
Bass Guitarist — Courtney Childers
Ensemble — Lily Halter, Emma Bucher, Crystal Emmett, Elisa Polson, Juanita Martinez, Ashley Dunkerley