Newman will travel back to a psychedelic age with the premiere of the Music Department’s 2017 Spring music show, “Peace, Love, and Music.” When the clock strikes 7:30 p.m. the Performance Hall will transport its audience into the groovy world of the 1960s.
The show will follow the story of college students from the ’60s who are trying to imagine the future. The show will not only have songs from the hippie-decade, but will feature ’70s and ’80s rock, country music, ’90s boy-band pop and contemporary hits as well.
A cast of 40 Newman students have been working all semester to put this show together. The script was written by Wichita playwright Phil Speary, while the songs and choreography were put together by Newman University’s Director of Music, Deanne Zogleman.
Zogleman says her favorite part about preparing the musical was witnessing all the hard work put in by students.
“People who haven’t performed on stage don’t realize all the time and work it takes to do something big. I try to give students a professional experience into music theater which includes that they aren’t just performing on stage, but they log three hours apiece working on set.”
Freshman history major Dakota Heard will be playing a rebellious hippie named Dwight. Heard said that preparing for his first spring show at Newman has been stressful, but will be worth it in the end.
“Personally, this is going to be the best performance that I have ever participated in. Just the sheer amount of people that are singing and the talent that is going to be involved and the variety of songs,” he said. “There’s something for everybody. There’s really good music and it’s going to be a really good time.”
Taylore Rose, a sophomore business management major, will play Peggy Sue, a college girl with family issues. Rose said she believes that the variety of music in the show will mean the show can appeal to broad audience.
“There’s music for everybody, from pop to classic rock to Broadway to country. Anything you can think of, it will be in this show,” Rose said.
She also said that working on the show has helped make the community within the music department stronger.
“Since Sunday, I think we’ve already spent 24 hours together at least. We are really just one big family,” she said.
This story first appeared in the April 27th, 2017 issue of The Vantage