Each spring, Front Range Christian School is pleased to produce a musical with cast members representing grades 4-12. It’s a fun way for students to be involved in extra-curricular activities while developing their creativity and confidence.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
Spring Musical Archive
Annie tells of the energetic and optimistic orphan living in the Depression era NYC Municipal Orphanage–Girls’ Annex in December of 1933. She is the epitome of resilience amidst struggle. Annie impacts the wealthy Oliver Warbucks and the world around her as she exudes unquenchable hope in her quest for love and family. It portrays the heart transformations of the two main characters, Annie and Warbucks. Professional quality sets consistently adorn the FRCS stage. Students grades 4-12 comprise our crowd-pleasing troupe, and live orchestral numbers buoy this iconic Broadway masterpiece! We hope you enjoy our show!
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane as well as some new characters, and surprising twists.
Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was twice re-made, first in 1965 for Lesley Ann Warren and then again in 1997 featuring Brandy and Whitney Houston. The original Broadway production opened in 2013 and starred Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark and Harriet Harris.
2016: Singin’ in the Rain
Singin’ in the Rain has often been called “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time.” It was faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay.
Set in 1920’s Hollywood, Singin’ in the Rain captures the waning days of the silent screen era as they give way to new-fangled “talkies.” Singin’ in the Rain has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline–the starlet, the leading man, and a love interest that could change lives and make or break careers!
In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen. With The Jazz Singer premiere making Hollywood frantic, the studios are forced to suddenly change all the movie making rules at once, to accommodate sound. In doing so, they leave silent pictures–and some of their stars–behind. Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.
Singin’ in the Rain includes some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers, and love songs ever written, including “Good Mornin,’” “Make ‘em Laugh,” and, of course, the show-stopping dance number, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
2015: Shrek the Musical
Shrek the Musical is an amazing, Tony Award winning production, encompassing the humorous journey of a bright green ogre (Shrek) who attempts to regain his secluded swamp from an overflow of quirky fairy tale creatures, including personalities such as Pinocchio, Gingy (the Gingerbread Man), Humpty Dumpty, the Three Little Pigs, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and many more beloved characters! An unlikely companion, a talkative Donkey, keeps the tale alive when Lord Farquaad, a short prince, turns Shrek’s swamp recovery quest into a Princess rescue mission. The lovely Princess Fiona, a surprising damsel guarded by a fearsome Dragon, endears herself to the audience with her peculiar personality. This fairy Tale adventure is filled with layers revealing creative references and memorable music. Sit back and enjoy the thrill as Front Range Christian School surprises you with an engaging, laughter-filled performance where you realize those quirky that make you special truly make you strong.
2014: Guys & Dolls
Guys and Dolls is a musical romantic comedy involving the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a puritanical missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but. Set in the Manhattan of Damon Runyon’s short stories, Guys and Dolls tells of con-man Nathan Detroit’s efforts to find new life for his illegal, but notorious, crap game. When their trusty venue is found out by the police, Nathan has to find a new home for his crap game quickly – but he doesn’t have the dough to secure the one location he finds. Enter Sky Masterson, a high-rolling gambler willing to take on any honest bet with a high enough reward attached. Nathan bets Sky that he can’t take the “doll” of Nathan’s choosing to Havana, Cuba, with him on a date. When Sky agrees to the bet, Nathan chooses uptight Evangelist Sergeant Sarah Brown, head of Broadway’s Save-a-Soul Mission. Sky thinks he’s been duped, but he’s in for even more of a surprise when his efforts to woo Sarah are so successful that he falls in love with her himself! Guys and Dolls takes us from bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana to the sewers of New York City as it demonstrates the great lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a “doll.” Guys and Dolls features some of Frank Loesser’s most memorable tunes, including the hilarious “Adelaide’s Lament,” the romantic “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” the exuberant “If I Were a Bell,” and the classic “Luck Be a Lady.”
2013: Fiddler on the Roof
The events leading to the 1905 revolution in Russia were credited to political and social unrest. Industrial employees worked 11 hour days during the work week with 10 hours on Saturday. Still they were poor. The people desired a more democratic form of government like some of their neighbors had, but this would limit tsarist rule, and Nicholas II was determined to keep his autocracy in tack.
It is during this time that the musical Fiddler on the Roof is set. Though the times were hard, and in many ways unstable, the community in Anatevka stuck together, thanks to their commitments to family, religion and tradition. It is their pledge to these universal themes that leave audiences all over the world crying both tears of laughter and sadness.
When Fiddler on the Roof first opened on Broadway in 1964, it was nominated for 10 Tony Awards winning nine, including Best Musical and Best Director. It is in awe of this reputation that we took on this masterpiece. We found it challenging to recreate the warmth and humor of this classical musical while having fun working with each other. This is a capable and talented group of students, and with the time and talent of many parent and adult volunteers, this show may very well be an FRCS masterpiece!
2012: Beauty & the Beast
Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional French fairy tale that was first published in written form about 1740 in a version by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. The story barely resembles the story we know today from the Walt Disney version of the tale. The Beauty of the original story was not called Belle until a French version of the story was filmed in 1946. The 1946 story also added the subplot of Belle’s evil suitor who was called Avenant and was plotting to kill the Beast.
In 1991, Walt Disney Studios rewrote the story of the Beauty and the Beast in an animated musical that won hearts all over the world. This movie was the first animated film ever to be nominated for Best Picture. It was also one of the two animated films included in the American Film Industry’s “100 Years…100 Passions” list of the greatest love stories of all time.
The Disney film version of Beauty and the Beast was adapted for the stage in 1999 by Alan Menken and Linda Wolverton. The original lyricist for the movie, Howard Ashman, had died before the stage version was written, so lyrics for seven additional songs were written by Tim Rice (“No Matter What,” “Me,” “Home,” “How Long Must This Go On?,” “Maison des Lunes,” “Human Again,” and “If I Can’t Love Her”). Beauty and the Beast ran for 5,464 regular performances at the Luni-Fontanne Theater in New York, closing in 2007.
Beauty and the Beast entertains with captivating characters, elaborate sets, dazzling costumes and beautiful songs but the message of true love, sacrifice and transformation surpasses all.
Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote a number of well known musicals during the 1940s and 1950s: Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music. But it was their first musical, Oklahoma!, that brought on a new genre of musical plays. Up to this point, musicals were basically musical comedies, with the emphasis on the music. However the songs and lyrics for Oklahoma! were written to develop the characters and advance the plot. According to playwright and theatre writer Thomas Hischak, “Not only is Oklahoma! the most important of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, it is also the first fully integrated musical play, and its blending of song, character, plot and even dance would serve as the model for Broadway shows for decades.” It is also the first American musical with the dialogue, lyrics and music written entirely in a folk idiom. The story is set in the Oklahoma Territory in 1906 before it became a state, and tells the story of jealousy, rivalry, and romance.