It’s springtime, and Indian River High School musicians are ready to put on a show. They’ll raise the curtains for the annual IR Live! on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19.
The 2016 show is called “Spirit of the Radio” and organized “as though somebody is on a car ride and they’re listening to the radio,” said director Nathan Mohler.
Students will be masters of ceremonies, but as disc jockeys, in this revue-style show.
They’ll perform about 24 different acts, including singing, some dance, flag work, instrumentals, mock radio station interviews and more. Performers will lead audiences through old rock, new pop music and even big-band.
The many musical acts whose music is represented — which include Joan Jett, Sarah Bareilles, Josh Groban, Led Zeppelin, Adele and Echosmith — are interlaced with short radio commercials (“That’s the spice to the show,” Mohler said.)
“We’re doing songs that most average high school students wouldn’t try to approach,” such as Rush’s “Spirit of the Radio,” known for a speedy guitar part.
With the pit band right on stage, nearly every single act has live accompaniment.
“We have wonderful, talented kids here … that everyone in the community should be able to hear,” Mohler said.
“We’re just trying to show all the great things that are going on at IR,” Mohler said. “We’re just trying to keep that legacy going, try to take it a step further, if we can, make it better.”
He and chorus teacher Chantalle Ashford are “energetic and are trying to keep music alive in the schools,” Mohler said.
Shows start at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $8 apiece, and all proceeds benefit the band trip to Tennessee and a new Band Boosters scholarship.