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Archbishop Bergan will be hosting its own production of the musical “Band Geeks!” this weekend.

“Band Geeks!” tells the story of a school marching band and its popularity-seeking captain, Elliot, who fears that a former football player, forced to join the musicians, will steal his spotlight.

The play is an ensemble piece that offers ample opportunities for cast members to shine, which made it an ideal choice for a particularly talented cohort of seniors at Archbishop Bergan, according to the school’s vocal director Maggie Winterlin.

“This (script) just seemed to have the breakdown of parts that we wanted,” Winterlin said. “We have some really talented senior boys that we really wanted to feature.”

The play will debut on Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m., with additional showings on March 17 at 8 p.m. and March 18 at 2 p.m. The play is free for Bergan students, and costs $5 for students from other schools and $10 for adults.

Senior Nick Burger takes the main lead role as Elliot, while senior Trentin Ostrand will play Jake, the former football player. Sophomore Grace Sendgraff will play the role of Laura, Elliot’s best friend.

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The cast has been working on the performance since right after Christmas break, Winterlin said. She added that audiences can expect a fresh musical score.

“There’s some really great music in it, and it’s just some more contemporary sounding music,” Winterlin said. “It’s a different kind of musical, definitely not one of your own standards, and just so many opportunities for different students to shine. It’s not really a vehicle for one particular kid. And it’s got a lot of fun instrument playing—some of the kids play their own instruments.”

She added that the play is great for all ages.

“It’s a long process to put a show on, especially at Bergan where we are a smaller school and a majority of our kids are juggling two or three different activities at a time,” Winterlin said. “They are definitely pumped to put the show on. They put a lot of work in and it’s going to be great and they deserve all the success in the world.”


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