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Fort Gibson

May 5, 2014

Happy Tiger Revue: Students to perform Friday and Saturday

Fort Gibson High School music and speech students have a reason to get “Happy” this week.

“We get to do what we love, which is perform,” said FGHS junior Nicole Waltman.

Students will perform musical, funny and dramatic works at the Tiger Revue, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the high school auditorium.

The Revue will feature a variety of Broadway show tunes and popular songs, including Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” from the “Despicable Me” movie.

Students auditioned for their parts in the production.

“We went in, we sang, we got our business done,” said senior Nikia Kemble.

Senior Gracie Vanlandingham said the Revue lets her share her love of musical theater.

“I like to act and sing at the same time,” she said.

Vanlandingham will do a rendition of “Taylor the Latte Boy,” a pop song sung by Broadway star and Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth.

“I saw it on YouTube,” Vanlandingham said. “She’s a crazed girl who loves the coffee shop boy.”

Vanlandingham said she hopes to continue doing musical theater in college.

“We have a lot of talented seniors who are graduating. We wanted to showcase them,” said English teacher Beth Brannon, who is co-directing the program. She said the 11-member student ensemble has about seven seniors.

The ensemble will perform a medley of popular tunes and a medley of Broadway tunes. Drama teacher Melanie Wicks said the Broadway medley “covers everything from classic to modern.”

The medley includes songs from “Oklahoma,” “Aladdin,” “Sound of Music” and “Footloose.”

Wicks said the show also will showcase students who participated in the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association’s recent State Speech Contest. Tanner Morton and Waltman will perform their humorous duet, “The Big Bang,” which won first.  Morton will deliver a dramatic interpretation, “Scaramouche Jones,” which also won first, and a monologue, which earned him a place in the finals. Hayden Hackworth and Waltman will perform a dramatic duet, “At the Bottom of Lake Missoula,” which they did at the state contest.

Kemble said she has a bittersweet feeling doing a duet with sophomore Carrigan Bradley. The song, from the musical “Wicked,” includes the line “Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”

Kemble said she attended Fort Gibson before spending a few years at Sequoyah High School.

“Then I came back here,” she said. “And coming back into the speech program, it was like I never even left.”

Other students share that feeling of unity.

“This is like our family,” said junior Kurstie DeShazo.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Tiger Revue.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

WHERE: Fort Gibson High School Auditorium.

ADMISSION: $5.

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