South Orange, Millburn Students Star in ‘Bring it On! The Musical’

by The Village Green
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Some South Orange and Millburn/Short Hills teens are appearing in the first ever community theater production of “Bring It On! The Musical” presented by Pebble Players at the Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave. in Summit, NJ.

The play runs Nov. 7-9 and 14-16. Tickets are selling fast, with some dates already sold out.

“With this level of talent featured, and an incredible set of dance and gymnastic numbers, Bring It On! seats are moving faster than any show we’ve performed,” said Jayne Myers, the director of this Pebble Players production. “We are literally going to flip you out! This show is filled with incredible music and gymnastics, it will be hard to remain in your seats.”

High school students from all over New Jersey came in to audition, including kids from two of the top area gyms, said Myers in a press release.

The cast of more than forty teens includes South Orange residents Naomi Fisch, Kara Handelman, Olivia Pryor, and Lucy Schmidt; and from Millburn/Short Hills: Lucy Hall, Jesse Maitlin, Katie Darvin, William Kaiser, Jen Jacobs, Alana Wolf, Alexa Kerner, Sydney Wolfe, and Kate Parker-Lentz.

Here’s a description of the show:

Featuring the high-octane tricks, backstabbing drama and heart-pumping music of the world of competitive cheerleading, Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of what happens when Campbell, cheer captain at affluent Truman High School is redistricted to Jackson High, the school from the wrong side of the tracks, where she faces not just reduced social status but no cheer squad! Campbell must convince Danielle, the leader of Jackson’s hip-hop dance troupe, to start a cheerleading squad. But with the help of new friends, Campbell learns that there are things that may be more important than cheerleading.

Pebble Players is the youth performance subsidiary of Stony Hill Players, Summit’s community theater and opera company, which was established in 1947.

Bring It On! The Musical played on Broadway in 2012 with an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity).

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults/$10 children when purchased in advance online at www.stonyhillplayers.org/tickets. Prices go up by $5 at the door.

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