Williams’ homecoming show set for Tuesday

Commentary by Evan Mertz
Special to the Times-News

The turn of the season brings all sorts of new excitement, cool evening nights, the crunching of leaves, and of course, and football season. Football is one of the most highly anticipated sports in America and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than with George Bulldog and his friends as they quest to win the big homecoming game.

“George’s Empire State of Mind” is being performed by the choral department under the direction of Lucas Cecil at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Williams High School auditorium, 1307 S. Church St., Burlington. The show was written and directed by senior Hannah Thigpen.

Above is the cast of Williams High School’s Homecoming Show, “George’s Empire State of Mind,” which will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium, 1307 S. Church St., Burlington. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and can be purchased at the door. -- Jon Upchurch / Special to the Times-News

Things are shaken up a bit when George’s girlfriend, Georgette, is invited to a Broadway audition where things are not what they seem. Georgette’s role will be filled by Ms. Thigpen herself as she plays alongside senior Trae Madden as George Bulldog.

The plot of the show centers on the Williams Bulldogs, a fun loving group of kids with odd personalities and a love for what they do. As the Bulldogs are working hard to prepare for the big Homecoming Game, an eccentric group of Rockingham Cougars devise a plan to beat the Bulldogs. Their solution: lure them to New York and leave them there.

The money and sass behind the operation is supplied by senior Lauren Williams in her role as none-other-than-the-diva herself, Beyonce. Her posse is made up of quirky characters from Cady, the Bulldog wannabe (played by senior Ashley Day), to Katniss Everdeen (played by Mary Margaret Evans). The other major players include Beyonce’s right-hand women, Daisy Lynn and Ella, portrayed by Logan Doctor and Tatiana Tunstall; pathological liar Ali and foreign exchange student Dwayne, played by Daniel “PB” Baires and Syan Iwaniec, respectively; and Ruth, the goody two-shoes, embodied through Sarah Myers.

Accompanying George and Georgette are their bizarre Bulldog pals. The Bulldog boys include hopelessly romantic Prince Jacques, played by Jack Wolverton, and Mako, the unexplainable enigma played by me. The girls are made up of sassy rich girl Martha Lillian Hollingsworth, played by Katherine Metts and devious “mean girl” Regina George played by Elise Weatherly.

The show features a collection of songs both old and new, most of which have been arranged for the TV series, “Glee.” These songs range from the familiar pop hit, “I’ve Got a Feeling,” to the ’60s Motown tune, “You’re All I Need to Get By.” Each one of the songs has been choreographed by alumni and current students.

While directed by Hannah Thigpen, the show would not be possible without the help of Williams’ new choir director, Cecil, a former student of former choir director Laura Sam.

“George’s Empire State of Mind” is an event you won’t want to miss. Anyone can agree that the show’s captivating writing, enjoyable song selection, dance numbers and young, talented cast are a real sight to behold. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and can be purchased at the door.

Evan Mertz is a junior at Williams High School.

 

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