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Unity Christian School’s first musical brings students, staff together

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The Unity Christian School drama department held their first production of “A Night on Broadway” on Thursday and Friday nights at Northside Church in Armuchee.

More than 600 people attended the performances of show-stopping hits from the first-attempt musical performed by students and faculty.

Assistant football coach Bradley Moon gave a duet performance of “Muddy Water,” with sophomore basketball player Eli Wells, and English teacher Susan Payne danced as Mother Superior in “Raise Your Voice.”

Sophomores Rose Hill and Justin Glockauer thrilled in portrayals of “The Lonely Goatherd” from “The Sound of Music” and “One Last Kiss” from “Bye Bye Birdie.” Junior Sally Whitley and freshman Gloria Murray gave an emotional rendition of “For Good,” from “Wicked.”

The musical has been a work of passion for first-year drama teacher Sumer Rooke and first-year music teacher Courtney Willingham.

“Just to see where the students started with their auditions, and then to watch them on stage tonight is night and day,” said Willingham. “There were some we had to teach how to audition. There is an overwhelming sense of accomplishment you feel on their behalf. It is very emotional.”

“This is a totally different experience for these students. Singing and dancing together. Laughing and crying together. Being a part of this musical was so much more than performing,” added Rooke.