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Flapper Wows Audiences!

February 27, 2014
By Perry R. Banse, Assistant Superintendent, Middle/High School Principal

If you were unable to attend one of Indian Rocks Christian School’s three performances of Flapper, you certainly missed out on a memorable evening. This musical not only showcased an abundance of student talent through their acting, singing and dancing, but was hilarious and left the audience wanting more.

One of the reasons that this production was such a success can be attributed to a very talented senior class. Set in the Roaring Twenties, Flapper focuses on the life of sweet Polly Pepper who was outstandingly portrayed by McKayla Kinsey. She’s about to inherit a fabulous diamond necklace called the “Ice Garden” for her 18th birthday. At the same time, her loving aunt played by Christina Turngren, (who was quite convincing in a matronly role) is about to be tricked in a confidence scheme by Drew Street and Elizabeth Toney. (You wanted to dislike this dastardly duo but they were so funny they won everyone over.) Mobsters Chris Parish (a convincing oaf) and Kelah Lehart (a gangster moll) are a part of the crew that try to steal the necklace, only to be thwarted by Polly and the crime fighting Ian Fitzpatrick. Strong supporting roles were also added by Charissa Hildreth (radio star personality), Kendal Brandenberg (flag pole sitter), and Christian Hall (all American boy and excellent dancer). Behind the scenes seniors included Stage Manager Emily Speicher and Make-up artist Savannah Diehl. Abbey Frazier was also involved this year backstage helping with a variety of tasks including hair and makeup.  This is not meant to diminish in any way the roles of the other characters. They too, were excellent and helped to make this a most memorable show. It is just that the talent and the leadership of this group of seniors really set the tone for everything that was accomplished. We will definitely be sad to see them graduate as this kind of talent is hard to replace.

Another reason for the success of the show was the leadership team of June-Marie Rhine, Rhonda Farver, and Brittney Kennedy. Mrs. Rhine served as the overall director and was in charge of the acting portions of the show. Mrs. Farver used her musical expertise to teach the students singing parts and help them blend together. Ms. Kennedy was the choreographer. Almost every scene had some sort of dancing. All schools have students that can act, sing, or dance. The challenge is getting them to be able to do all three and do them well. This team was able to do that. They all acted, they all sang, and they all danced, and they did it well. We also appreciate Lisa Tully’s behind the scenes work as the costume manager.

In a little over a week, copies of Flapper will be available in the Charis bookstore for the low, low price of just $10. The proceeds of the sales go to our Digital Arts program under the direction of Charlie Hall. So if you missed it the first time, you can see it over and over again for one low price.

Thank you cast, crew, and directors who made Flapper such a huge success! Thank you parents, families, and friends for taking the time to come and support the Arts at Indian Rocks Christian School.

Perry Banse says:
February 27, 2014 10:52 AM CST

I totally forgot to mention the always behind the scenes Vern Kinsey who was backstage for all the performances.

Nicole says:
February 27, 2014 12:05 PM CST

This was truly a great show. I go to performances at the Straz and Ruth Eckerd Hall all the time; and this show that was an all middle and high school cast was truly phenomenal in their performance. And in my opinion, quite comparable to the ones at those major theater productions. Bravo to the actresses/actors and the others that made it all happen!! Look forward to the next!

Gaynelle Renshaw says:
February 27, 2014 10:32 PM CST
What a great show! As usual. Indian Rocks comes through with another awesome performance. Well worth the trip! :-)