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Johns Creek High students perform ‘Crazy for You’
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Students at Johns Creek High School will put on their dancing shoes for this year’s annual musical “Crazy for You.”

“This one has a lot of big dance numbers,” said director Debbie Prost.

She said the production includes a lot of tap dancing, though many of the students had not tap-danced before rehearsing for the show.

“They’ve come a really, really long way,” she said.

The show will run Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. with an additional matinee performance Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and senior citizens.

“Crazy for You” is set in the 1940s and is the story of a man with a love for dance who goes against his overbearing mother and moves from New York City to a sleepy town in Nevada and revives an old theater, Prost said.

Sophomore Jackson Tanner will play the lead role of Bobby Child and senior Lucy Carr will play the female lead role of Polly Baker, the character with whom Tanner’s character falls in love.

About 70 students make up the musical’s cast. An additional 16 students make up the stage crew.

“One thing that we do try to do that’s important to us is to involve as many of the students as we can,” Prost said.

In addition to the dancing, Prost said the production includes humor, a nice love story and memorable songs.

“The music is amazing, and it’s all in a jazz style,” said Rhonda Fossum, producer and musical director.

She said audience members might not have heard of the musical itself but have likely heard some of its iconic songs, such as “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Fossum said the students have been working hard to learn the material.

“It’s a very difficult show, because the amount of singing and dancing in it is greater [in proportion] than words,” she said.

Fossumsaid she hopes audience members will leave the performances humming and snapping their fingers and wanting to sing a song from the show.
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