Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

The Sixties Come to Life on the Stage at Manhattanville
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:37

Shout! The Mod MusicalIf you are a fan of the spectacular decade of the sixties, then Shout! The Mod Musical, created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, presented by the Manhattanville College Music Department, is just the show for you. Running Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, this musical is the perfect outlet to spend an evening with a vibrant cast as they take you back in time through a wonderful performance.

Shout! flips through the years like a musical magazine and takes you back to the music, the fashion and the freedom of the '60s. It features a cast of seven talented students performing some infectious and soulful pop songs, such as "To Sir with Love," "Downtown," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "Goldfinger," and the title song, which made household names of stars like Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield.

"This is a little bit of a friendly salute to the sixties," said Director Mark Cherry. "The students are learning music that was from my generation and I love passing that on."

The show will take place in Berman Students' Center Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens.

The student performers have really enjoyed the process of educating themselves about the time period and used it as an opportunity to bond with each other.

"We all got together and we listened to sixties music, brainstormed and tried on some headdresses," said Emily Villarreal, one of the cast members. "It was fun and we ended up going to the "high school" dance (sponsored by the Dance Ensemble) together."

Cherry wanted the students to use this musical as an opportunity to acclimate themselves with the period because of its historical significance in shaping the progressive present.

"Although most of the songs are happy and fun, the students learned about the war, the civil rights movements, the gay liberation movement, and women's liberation movement that happened in the sixties," said Cherry. "I always want to do something where the students have to relate what they are doing to society and history and not just get on stage and look pretty. I feel like that is part of what we do at Manhattanville."

The show will also feature a special appearance by the music theater ensemble. They will perform the title number "Shout!" which is choreographed by senior Nicole Bauso.

For further information, please call the Music Office at (914) 323-5260.