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Band Geeks! 

When: May 3-12 2013
www.circleplayers.net
So what happens when the Cuyahoga High Marching Beavers return from summer vacation faced with their school’s predictably high enthusiasm for football season? Alas, geeky musical misfits Elliott, Laura, Nicole, Stewart, Spitz and Natalia get word that the band program will be cut — but not before they are joined by Jake, a troubled football star who also plays drums. We’ll let you guess what happens next in Circle Players’ production of this newish youth musical that pays tribute to school bands and their talented but nerdy instrumentalists. The book is by Gordon Greenberg, and the score — filled with happy marches, empowerment pop, R&B and ripped-off contemporary Broadway stylings of the cloying kind — is credited to Mark Allen, Gaby Alter and Tommy Newman. All of which seems to land this opus somewhere between High School Musical and those dopey teen sitcoms on The Disney Channel. But that doesn’t mean that first-time director Catherine McTamaney, choreographer Bakari King and musical director Eddie Charlton won’t get the best out of a cast of more than 20 performers, most ranging in age between 12 to 18. There are several grown-ups in the ensemble, including Josh Waldrep, who plays Mr. Hornsby, the band director.
— Martin Brady

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