A review: Riveting performances at Constantine’s Night on Broadway

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent
A review: Riveting performances at Constantine’s Night on Broadway

Saturday night’s riveting performance of “A Night on Broadway” will go down in history as being one of the Constantine’s most memorial events. D’Lynn Everett’s musical selection and professional direction of students ranging from 11 to 17 was unparalleled. As usual, CAC President Garrett Hartness did an outstanding job as emcee, particularly sharing a brief history of the musical and song selection.

This fast-paced evening was filled with colorful costume changes that beautifully correlated with the accompanying songs. The entire 12-person ensemble opened the program with “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent.” Taylor Benbrook followed with “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from “Grease.” Kyla Radaker and Trey Veil performed a duet of “An English Teacher’ Wife” from “Bye-Bye Birdie.” William Kampa sang “I’d Rather be Sailing” from “A New Brain.”

Katie McCollum was delightful as she sang “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa My Hair” from “South Pacific.” Josie Zepeda and Clayton McFarland portrayed a love-struck couple with their rendition of “People Say We’re in Love” from “Oklahoma!” Taylor Benbrook and Anastasia Richardson cleverly teamed up as the evil stepsisters in “Stepsister’s Lament” from “Cinderella.”

Pawhuska’s own Bryanna Swan (and Toto) was adorable as Dorothy when she sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “Wizard of Oz.” Katie McCollum and Kyla Radaker were another charming duet in “Sisters” from “White Christmas.” Josie Zepeda wowed the audience with the range and extent of her powerful vocal cords when she sang “Don’t Rain on my Parade” from “Funny Girl.” Barbra Streisand would have been proud!

Following a brief intermission, the magnitude of these young people’s talent continued to emerge when Katie McCollum and William Kampa sang “They Say It’s Wonderful” from “Annie Get Your Gun.” Edwin Ding followed with “Dancing Through Life” from “Wicked.” Serena Weston sang “How Are Things in Glocca Moora” from “Finian’s Rainbow.”

With the cast dressed in period costumes, the next five songs from “Les Misérables” were hauntingly beautiful. Pawhuska’s Serena Jeffers opened the series with her rendition of “Castle on a Cloud.” She was followed by Katie McCollum and Josie Zepeda in “I Dreamed a Dream.” The duet was joined by Trey Veil for “In My Life” and “A Heart Full of Love.”

The grand finale was breathtaking with the entire ensemble joined for “One Day More.” They were rewarded for their outstanding performance with a standing ovation. Then, Ms. Everett and her students were presented with a bouquet of flowers for the ladies and gift cards for the gents.

Behind a brilliant production are unseen heroes. These included Sound Technician Harry Robinson, Costumers Terrie Jeffers and Garrett Hartness and Dresser Sherry Weston. Costumes were provided by the Constantine Arts Council and Jan Swan.

The Constantine Theater continues to provide an exceptional venue for aspiring performers. Thursday night, the Constantine will roll out the red carpet for the 5th Annual Sassy Awards. Sponsored by the Constantine Arts Council, the evening promises to be filled with glitz and Hollywood glamour that would match the Oscars on any given date. The Sassy Awards is free to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m.