Live music is a hallmark of Indian River High School productions, and the students are ready to impress once again.
This year’s musical revue is IR Live! presents “The Corner Club on Baker Street,” featuring an original script by music director Nathan Mohler and student T.J. Oxbrough.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 per person.
Students picked the songs, and Mohler arranged them all in this musical journey through the decades, from the 1950s to the 1980s and on to today.
“It’s basically the story of a time-travelling girl who learns a lesson about life through her uncle and his life,” said choral director Chantalle Ashford. “It’s got love. It’s got comedy. It’s got a little drama.”
The story revolves around a fictional café called The Corner Club.
Songs include jazzy stylings of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” inspired by Postmodern Jukebox. Other songs include “Hound Dog,” “Respect,” “Hooked on a Feeling” and modern tunes, such as Zedd’s “Clarity.”
“The kids have really risen to the challenge. I think this is our best production since Nate and I have been here,” Ashford said. “It gets better every year.”
With about three or four dozen students are involved, either performing or running lights and sound.
“The students here at IR really love the arts,” Ashford said. “They work really hard at it. These are some of the hardest-working students in the building. They do a lot of high-level academic stuff, a lot of them play sports — but they all make time to do this.”
“And it’s a completely collaborative effort… This is one of the few times a year they get to come together,” with singers and actors backed by a huge pit band, Ashford said. “This is a unifying moment, and it’s going to be a great show. The kids are super-entertaining.”
“It’s got acting, comedy, emotion and pageantry — it’s got it all,” Mohler said.