The cast of “The Off-Broadway Singers” scintillated with all the right notes and all the right moves for their show this past Thursday and Friday. Their performance of “What We Are, What We Do, What We Sing, Tonight” was entertainment perfection from start to finish, one of those shows you are disappointed to see end. Can’t wait to see this group return to St. Thomas…Oh ya....they are from St. Thomas. They're high school students in the Arthur Voaden Secondary School choir and they and everyone involved in the show should be incredibly proud.
The line-up of music had variety, flow, energy and nuance. There were some super superstars (several of them, really, who must surely have future plans for careers in singing, dancing, theatre). But all were superstars - the biggest joy of the evening was the quality, focus, dedication and teamwork exuding from the pores of each and every performer. Obviously, the staff, students and volunteers involved with all aspects of this production from music and direction to costumes, make-up, sound, lights were all a big part of its success – and again, everything seemed just right.
The group sang and danced their way through a selection of rock n’ roll classics, from musicals Aida, West Side Story, and Chicago, and ended with a Michael Jackson Tribute. These young people had the voices and relaxed but energetic professionalism to captivate and enervate their audience. They weren’t “playing the part” of engaging broadway performers – they were those performers on a bang-on, knock-em-dead night of entertainment serendipity.
I have no doubt that the $10 spent to see this show will be the best entertainment value I will find this year. I have had the good fortune to see a few musical shows at big venues lately – they cost several times more and weren’t as spell-binding and impressive as the show put on by these students.