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Go "Back to the 80s" with Centennial and South's Musical

Updated: Feb 5

By Ky Burton, guest contributor

The Centennialight

Back to the 80s is the first musical that Centennial’s Aubrey Krengel and Leigh Cortese are co-directing with South High School’s Caitlyn Arnony. Krengel is additionally directing the live orchestra, and the production will be choreographed by Pueblo Academy of the Arts’ Ashley Reichert.

Back to the 80s is a fun, upbeat musical following the life of Corey Palmer (played by Centennial Student Joshua Rudnik). Fighting with popular jock Micheal Feldman (South’s Lucas Martinez) to win the love of his life, Tiffany Huston (South’s Autumn Gomez), Corey learns what it means to grow up as he navigates his senior year. His two best friends, Alf Bueller and Kirk Keaton (Eric Griffin of Centennial and Luke Weis of South, respectively), never leave his side no matter what the jocks say and no matter what Tiffany thinks of him. Like John Hughes’ 80s classic The Breakfast Club, Back to the 80s illustrates just how similar the members of various cliques are, despite their aesthetic differences.

In this upbeat jukebox musical, the selections of songs are 80s hits, such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, “Love Shack”, and many more. Both schools have worked very hard on this musical that you simply don't want to miss!

The musical is dedicated to the life of Tyler West, South High School’s beloved band director who unfortunately passed away when production commenced. The Sunday matinee will include a singalong in memory of Mr. West.

Back to the 80s will play at Centennial’s Sandoval Theatre at 7pm on March 2-4 and at 2pm on Sunday, March 5. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.

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