Guilford’s production of Rent begins spring music, dance performances

From press release

Anyone looking for some inexpensive entertainment this spring need look no further than Rockford Public Schools. These music and dance productions are guaranteed to entertain music lovers of all ages. All events are open to the public.

Guilford High School will perform Rent: School Edition at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 18 through Saturday, March 21, at the Guilford High School Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults. Rent tells the story of an impoverished group of young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s lower east side under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. For more information, call Guilford drama instructor Melissa Wolf at (815) 654-4870.

Dance moves choreographed to entertainers such as The Verve, Santigold, Kesha and Marc Broussard will be performed during the Auburn High School Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) program Instinct. Performances are 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20, at the Auburn High School Auditorium. Tickets cost $5. For more information, call dance instructor Joey Claeyssen at (815) 966-3300.

“Think Positive,” a medley of eight songs, will be performed by the sixth- through eighth-grade musical classes at Ellis Arts Academy at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 19, in the auditorium. Tickets are $2 for adults, and the event is free for students with IDs. The performances will emphasize the power of positive thinking through songs, dances and skits. For more information, call drama teacher Amanda Jensen at (815) 490-7450.

East High School travels back in time for Back to the 80s: The Totally Awesome Musical at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 15 through Saturday, April 17. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. The musical chronicles the lives of high-schoolers in 1985 and features more than 20 hit songs from the 1980s. For more information, call theater teacher John VanNest at (815) 229-2100.

Jefferson High School will perform Footloose at 7 p.m., Friday, April 23, in the Jefferson High School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Footloose tells the story of a traditional small town that has outlawed dancing. For more information, call theater teacher Sarah Venneman at (815) 874-9536.

From the March 17-23, 2010 issue

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