The Leonid went behind the scenes of "The Music Man" to spotlight the students who put in work off stage. Set painters, pit musicians, hair and makeup artists, stage crew, and student directors all contribute to the musical behind the scenes.
By Allie Thomas
The audience sitting in the auditorium on the evening of Mar. 26 began to hush as the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic Orchestra took the stage and set up for their performance. The audience was made up of friends and family of the students, and also the Gouker family.
The Orchestra named this performance, “Bringing the Music Home”, since the conductor, Jane A. Gouker, used to play on the stage of Red Lion High School. “We’ve performed at some pretty special places, but not as special as this hall, Red Lion’s stage,” Jane Gouker said.
The night was filled with a different selection of songs including a well known one, “Let It Go” from Frozen, and Red Lion’s Alma Mater, which had the entire audience singing. Also, Red Lion’s very own Assistant Principal Mr. Grant Gouker played along side his family in the performance.
This made it even more special for Jane Gouker, as she shed a tear talking about how much this music program means to her. “The heritage we have in this community is amazing,” Jane Gouker told the audience.
All in all, the sounds blended together in a very professional manner, and the students, in total of over one hundred, seemed to have an amazing time playing their instruments. Towards the end of the night, Jane Gouker called her students her family, and that she was so happy to be able to play with both of her “families” at this performance.
It was definitely a night of tears, family, and beautiful music as the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic Orchestra brought the music home to not only the school, but also to the hearts of everyone in attendance.
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