"Gonna bring back a lot of memories," Adams quipped Tuesday as he spoke of
Give the students on stage at
You will likely be taken back to the decade in which
Up from the ranks of freshmen to seniors come 24 students who have not only had to learn 18 songs to sing and dance to, but also have had to receive a crash course in a decade they were never a part of.
Consider Adams, who shares the phonetic version of his name with a famous singer from that decade, just the man to help with that.
"I was a teen in the '80s, and I still just love the music," Adams said. "I thought with this production, why not try something different?"
Billed as 75 percent singing and dancing, and the other 25 percent being actual rehearsed lines, "Back to the 80s" tells the story of the senior class at
Adams is a needed and willing resource for 24 student actors and dancers whose only exposure to the 1980s has probably come from the aforementioned films and music they'll perform, such as "Centerfold" by the
Adams says he used The Buggles as a springboard for some musical trivia for the actors and dancers in the production.
"I told the students that was the first-ever video aired on
Playing the music itself will be up to the
W.F. West senior
"It's just a neat high-energy '80's play with about three storylines going on," Burton said.
From Burton on down to dancers such as sophomore
Wood says it's going to pay off, especially over the final rehearsal week students and staff alike know as "hell week."
"Even the smallest roles, we're still on stage a lot," Wood said. "It's been a really fun process."
As for Adams, he hopes audience members get lost temporarily in a decade that proved to be a bit over-the-top in popular culture as students bring them back three decades.
"The name recognition is going to be a bit of a gamble, but I think everyone's really going to enjoy it," Adams said.
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