Basking in Broadway

Published 5:26 am Monday, May 14, 2012

Lyle Public School seventh-graders practice the "Evolution of Dance" choreography for the seventh-12th grade Broadway Pop Music Concert Thursday. The concert takes place May 17. -- Trey Mewes/

Lyle students to perform hits, new tunes

Ready for an eclectic blend of music, dance, Broadway tunes and original compositions? Lyle Public School students are.

The Lyle seventh- through 12th-grade Broadway Pops Music Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Everyone has a roll, from choir performances such as “Angel of Music” from “Phantom of the Opera” to “New Girl in Town” from “Hairspray.”

Lyle seventh-grader Cody Ellis dances to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

“We’re very excited,” Lyle Music Teacher Rebecca Ogilvie said. “The kids have worked very hard. They’re doing a very good job.”

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In addition, the seventh- through 12th-grade band will perform several pieces including compositions from “Star Wars,” “The Incredibles” and more.

The biggest change to the annual affair is the “Evolution of Dance,” where seventh-graders will showcase dance styles from 1923 to 2012.

“We never really expected this,” said Lyle student Megan Andrews.

Seventh-graders will bust a variety of moves, including the Macarena, the Electric Shuffle, the Cha Cha, the Twist and more. In addition, several seventh-graders will be joined by older students to dance to Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.”

“It’s nice to have a teacher who’s willing to teach us dance and not just choir,” said Lyle student Alexa Ferguson.

Ogilvie will also perform “Nothing,” an original composition by Lyle seventh-grader Emma Retterath.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. May 17. Year-end awards and letters will be handed out following the performance and families are invited for a reception in the park afterward.