South Lakes’ Broadway showcase celebrates return to normalcy with in-person show

Broadway Night poster (Via South Lakes High)

While “the show must go on” mantra took effect last year amid the pandemic, a hybrid format is bringing harmony to students and audiences.

South Lakes High School Chorus‘ annual Broadway show is returning to the stage at 7 p.m. this Friday with a live show called “Broadway Night: Mixtape” that features 120 students and 20 Broadway-style songs.

On Saturday, in-person shows will also occur at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., also taking place at the Little Theater at South Lakes High School. And the show will also be streamed online at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are available online and cost $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors, but there’s restricted seating capacity due to COVID-19. There are two prices for the live stream: $25 for an individual and $45 for a family. Tickets can be purchased online now.

With last year’s performance produced and presented virtually, musical theater students in the show welcomed the return to a traditional format and expressed how much of a difference it makes:

“I’m really happy about it. Being online just wasn’t the same and I’m excited to be able to perform in front of an audience,” eighth grader Mia said.

“It’s a lot of fun with an audience and stuff. It gets you more excited about it,” eighth grader Melanie said.

“Last year felt like another Zoom call. But it really feels nice to get to be on stage,” seventh grader Lucy said.

“It’s much better than being online. It’s cool to talk to actual people and not screens,” eighth grader Avery said.

“It is so exciting to be back on stage and it reminds me of why I love performing. I think that the live stream option is a super cool way to include family and friends who can’t be here with us physically,” 12th grader Chloe said.

This year’s production also features a striking boombox set created by volunteers.

The annual show brings together students from across the region who take on a variety of roles. Per a news release:

Broadway Night: Mixtape features 20 Broadway style numbers performed by students from South Lakes High School and feeder schools including Langston Hughes and Rachel Carson Middle Schools, Dogwood, Forest Edge, Fox Mill, Hunters Woods, Lake Anne, Terraset and Sunrise Valley Elementary Schools.

South Lakes High School Choral students assume roles in running every aspect of the show: performing, directing, choreography, technical theatre, publicity, and playing in the band. Guidance and instruction are provided by qualified performing arts professionals and parent volunteers through Parents for Choral Arts and dedicated FCPS staff.

South Lakes High School choral director Rita Gigliotti noted the show is made possible through an extraordinary professional creative team; talented, dedicated students; Parents for Choral Arts Booster organization; the Reston Community Center; and local community business sponsors.

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