“Love” was the theme of the 2008 Fall Musical Showcase. Flying, Falling, and everything in between involved theme songs from movies, and readings on the topic.
Performers sang selections from Across the Universe, Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll Hyde. Though a few of the performances seemed shaky and sounded down right bad, the majority of the concert showcased some of Millersville’s best talent. Seth Eck and Sam Campbell performed Falling Slowly from the movie Once. Eck played the guitar while singing along with Campbell. Their voices complimented each other beautifully and made for a lovely duet.
Tanya Roman, who sang Someone Like You, had one of the most beautiful voices of the night. She hit every high note perfectly and had a clear and distinct tone to her singing.
One of the more fun numbers of the evening was My Junk from the Spring Awakening production. This piece was performed by a large group of girls and they sang, “We’ve all got our junk and my junk is you.”
The show included humorous, sickeningly sweet, sad, and even biblical depictions of love. The first reading of the night came out of 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
One performer read the Julia Stiles monologue from Ten Things I Hate About you. She gave perhaps the best acted performance of the night, crying and sniffling throughout her monologue.
Christina DiLouie, alumni of 2006, enjoyed the homecoming festivities of the day.
She said, “I enjoyed the energy the performers showed on stage. I also liked the symbolism of the red accents on the uniform black that the performers wore.”
The event was an overall success, though there were some ruff patches. The performers obviously had put a lot of practice into the production.
Even the dress code was nicely choreographed. Each person wore a black suit or dress and then added a deep red accent. It actually made it entertaining to find some of the red accents that appeared to be hidden at first.
Most looked quite nice, though one female performer appeared to have missed the dress code memo, wearing the tiniest black dress of the evening. It made it worse that she kept pulling the skirt down and appeared uncomfortable in her choice of clothing.
Other than some wardrobe mishaps and pitchy notes, Flying, Falling, and everything in between kept its audience well entertained and happy.