PRINCETON — In the tradition of Glee and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, comes Band Geeks, a celebration of the tribulations of the millions who have spent football halftimes pounding out Sousa-like renditions of “Maria.” Whether you were in the band, on the team or in the stands, you’ll recognize the woes and revel in the fun of Band Geeks.
Princeton High School students will high-step into their Band Geeks roles for two performances at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, in the Sally Skinner Council Auditorium.
With just nine members and dwindling funds, the Cuyahoga High Marching Beavers are close to extinction. When a troubled athlete is relegated to their ranks, Elliott, the tuba-playing band captain and Laura, his best friend, must find a way to unite the band, embrace their inner geek and save the Marching Beavers.
The Band Geeks cast is lead by senior Kyra Strom and junior Kyle Degutis. Other senior cast members include Maggie Hoeffliger, Emma Roden, Cameron Tieman, Abbie Fiegenschuh, Nolan Hunt and Becky Hughes. The cast is rounded out by juniors Daniel Naffziger, Joshua Wooden and James Kierczynski, and sophomore Mia Bowen. Ensemble cast members include senior Zachary Quait-Ohlson; juniors Leah Hanson, Liz Braun, Michael Kramer, Hailey Shaw, Lindsey Wright, Kaitlyn Leopold, Nicole Carlone, Lauren McMillan, Genevieve Charry, Thressa Nelson and Kaitlyn Storm; sophomores Christian Kinnamon, Christian Smith and Riley Lucas; and freshmen Alex Kniss, Tara Ford, Lauren Frost and Addison Grove.
The student director is Brielle Conwell; student stage manager, Margarita Gomez; director, Gary Passmore; musical director, Brandon Crawford; and orchestral director, Steven Olson. Band Geeks book was written by Tommy Newman and Gordon Greenberg; music and lyrics by Gaby Alter, Mark Allen and Tommy Newman; based on a concept by Tommy Newman.
Band Geeks is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. Originally produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price, executive director.
Both shows are reserved seating. All tickets are $8 and may be purchased by calling 815- 875-3308, ext. 1130. A ticket order form is also available on the PHS website at www.phs-il.org.