Students march to own tune in ‘Band Geeks’

  • A poster for “Band Geeks” being presented by Merrimack Valley High School this week. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Merrimack Valley High School students will be performing a high school musical of sorts.

Band Geeks, by Tommy Newman and Gordon Greenberg, tells the story of a high school marching band, The Cuyahoga High Marching Beavers, that gains an unlikely member.

“The Marching Beavers are a struggling band with just a few members of misfits,” said director Abby Prescott. “Things start to change when Jake, a football star from their rival high school, is kicked off his team for fighting. As punishment, they put him in the band as the new drummer.”

Jack is played by Evan Chadbourne.

Tuba-playing band captain, Elliot (Alex Hartofelis), and his best friend Laura (Kylee Warren) must find a way to pull the band together.

“Although (Jack) hates it at first he grows to enjoy it, and by the end the band has all come together and grow individually,” Prescott said.

Many of the cast and pit band members are part of the actual Merrimack Valley High School band, Prescott said. The pit band will feature students who play saxophone, clarinet, piccolo, flute, percussion, tuba, trumpet, drums and baritone saxophone.

There will also be an on-stage drumline of Emily Donovan, Destiny Jeski, Forrest Green and Connor Butt.

The cast is rounded out by Duncan Corrow as Stewart, Mason Graham as Spitz, Meghan Smith as Natalia, Sara Serrano as Nicole, Hannah Butt as Molly, Liam Donovan as Alvin, Aidan Silver as Kyle, Laura Earle as Ms. Hornsby, Sarah Avery as Ms. Dixon, CJ Paquette as Joyce, Kelsea Chadbourne, Brianna Hartofelis, Emily Baylus, Morgan Parrish, Elyssia Greene, Hannah Littlefield and Danielle Remillard.

Prescott said there are also about a dozen students who built the set and have backstage jobs. 

Band Geeks “has a great ensemble cast that allowed us to showcase a lot of students with fun characters.  It also has a great, catchy score,” Prescott said. “It is a show that many people are not familiar with, but I think they will love it.”

Shows will be held Thursday, Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for seniors and children 12 and younger; they are available at the school main office in advance.