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B'ville: Ray MS presents 'Movin' On Out'

Ray Middle School proudly presents the premiere performance of the one-act play with music, "Movin' On Out," at 7:30 p.m. Friday April 3 at Ray Middle School.

Music teacher Richard Simiele wrote the script, lyrics and music for Movin' On Out especially for the students of Ray Middle School. Simiele is directing and producing the musical along with music teacher Terryann Gerber. Kathy Wallace is in charge of production coordination, and Karen Pickard is stage manager.

Evolving from the economic situations we all face in today's society, Movin' On Out is being performed as a modern day fairy tale. Complete with a narrator and "trendy girl" commentator, the musical tale takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the conditions young people endure through their journey after being left alone in the streets to survive on their own. Most of the action takes place in five scenes traveling through neighborhood dumpsites including The Tube City Dumpsite, The Meatball Factory Dumpsite, The School Dumpsite, The Garbage Dump and the Finale.

Musical numbers include: Tube City (The PVC Pipe Factory has shut down and left many local residents without jobs and a mess of tubing); Don't Be Afraid; Get Movin'; Jammin' In The Streets (complete with improvisational "tools" and a full Dumpsite Jammin' Big Band); I Wish I Had A Billion (sung by the Pirates of the Dump, searching for the Great Dumpsite Lottery Bailout Treasure); We're Goin' Home; and the finale, Movin' On Out.

More than 130 students and staff have volunteered and contributed to the musical. Lead roles have been awarded to: Chandra Hewitt, narrator; Katie Bulger, trendy girl commentator; Jamie Robinson, Emily; Andy Rossler, Josh; Eve Mercer, Moanin' Mona; Brad Porceng, Dump Man; Amanda Funiciello, Joanna; Emma Funiciello, Lizzy; Katie Grabowski, Florence the flower lady; Cullen Parker, Resourceful Randy; Tessa Minardi, Anna Maria; Connor Bogardus, the meatball guard; Justin Taylor, Rejuvenator Rex; and Tasha Farsaci, the 'Great' Yolanda Prego.

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