Northern Lights show choir to perform original student-written musical

The Northern Lights is an award-winning show choir from North High which has established a regional reputation for dance, voice and acting. Its spring show is written and produced by students and is a great showcase for their talents onstage and behind the scenes. (submitted photos)

In a recent dress rehearsal, the Northern Lights give their all to a ‘50s number. Onthe floor in front is Brandon Cayetano; behind him, sitting on the stage are Chelsea Ricker, Tony Boyer and Dani Saunders and behind them are Nahi Kablaoui, Annette Klomp, Lexi Scanlon, Matt Weldon, Nikki Waskosky, Mya Hunt and Josie Pieczykolan.

Written by high school student Emily Geving

Every May, North High’s Northern Lights Show Choir commemorates the end of its action-packed competition circuit with its annual springtime Extravaganza Show — an original musical theater performance that within a one-month span was written, directed costumed, cast, advertised, choreographed, acted and sung by the choristers themselves.

Choir director Peg Sorensen said it’s an exhaustive effort for the cast, crew and combo of 50 plus teens, but their love for the annual play always pulls through.

This year’s production “Bumpkins Take the Big Apple” was inspired, in part, by the choir’s April trip to New York City. It chronicles the adventures of a group of small-town farmers who long to break away from their rural lives to experience firsthand the bright lights and chaotic culture that Manhattan has to offer, say script co-writers Jack Bonko and Brandon Cayetano.

Expect to hear popular songs covered by the choir and various instrumentalists such as “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” from Disney’s Hercules, “Pompeii” by Bastille and “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson, among dozens of others.

“Bumpkins Take the Big Apple” opens on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the North High School Auditorium. There will be two additional 7 p.m. showings on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3 as well. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. The performances are at North High School, 2416  11th  Ave. E. All tickets are general admission and the house opens at 6:15 p.m. This performance will feature the Skyview Middle School Swing Choir at 6:45 p.m.


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