Sweeney Todd, played by Mason Hively (left) and Miss Lovett, played by Abby Lanhart, (right) teamed up to sing “A Little Priest,” which details their gruesome plan for Todd to provide dead bodies to Miss Lovett to use as filling for meat pies.
Sweeney Todd, played by Mason Hively (left) and Miss Lovett, played by Abby Lanhart, (right) teamed up to sing “A Little Priest,” which details their gruesome plan for Todd to provide dead bodies to Miss Lovett to use as filling for meat pies.

The Jackson High School (JHS) Drama Club’s annual Spring Musical this year took the form of a musical revue featuring the music associated with some of Broadway’s most famous heroes and villains.

The appropriately titled Heroes Vs. Villains show was presented in three performances this past weekend at the Jackson Middle School Auditorium Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 situation, ticket sales were limited in order to comply with the state directives for limited capacities at indoor events.

Audiences were treated to 20 acts featuring songs and short scenes from musicals such as Wicked, Les Miserables, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, The Lion King andSpamalot, just to name a few,” Play Director Cathy Lord stated in a press release. “Heroes Vs. Villains is a musical tribute to those characters good, bad and in between and has given students the opportunity to step outside their comfort zones and perform numbers from shows that typically fall outside the realm of high-school proficient productions.

Cast members (in alphabetical order) were Tyler Allmon, Allie Castina, Elizabeth Fannin, Sydney Fain, Mason Hively, Hollie Hughes, Alex Jolly, Rylie Kilgour, Abby Lanhart, Schuler Murray, John Notter, Michael Parana, S.C. Parks, Courtney Perry, Kris Pittenger, Abby Plants, Kamden Robinson, Connor Rosenberger, Jenna Smalley, Lucas Smith, Kassady Thompson, and Ella Willett. Many of these cast members not only sang but performed as soloists.

The crew members included: Chloe Adkins, Sarah Bowman, Ellora Duncan, Jaiden Goodman, Drake Gray, Garrett Landrum, Owen White, Kaltra Woltz, Allie Higginbotham, Madeline Lewis, Jasmine Marshment, Kierian Newkirk, Markeala Simms, Tessa Wells, Dillon Bryan, Aidan Dempsey, Madelyn Fannin, Evelyn Harley, Alexis Bragg, Kyley Duncan, Haleigh Hughes, Madelyn Parker, Caitlyn Carlisle, and Kylee Fowler.

Band members wereRyan Hurd, Sam Koogle, Keith Wilson, Mary Elizabeth Billman, Malloy ScaifeJordan Lombardo and Garrett Birk.

As director, Lord was assisted by Ian Stasko, Caitlin Coulson, and Ryan Hurd while senior Sarah Bowman served as the directors’ assistant.

Although there were limitations and restrictions with this year’s musical due to the COVID-19 situation, Lord was also thankful the JHS Drama Club members were able to experience being part of a performances before live audiences. Last year’s Spring Play, Matildawas canceled just after schools temporarily closed because of the onset of COVID-19. She was also thankful for the many community sponsors who helped make this year’s production possible.