Today, Northview High School will host a program "glee" fully derivative of a runaway smash TV show.
This week, the school has hosted "Glee Camp," a musical production inspired by the immensely popular Fox series "Glee," which depicts life within a high school show choir. The camp has drawn 21 (18 female, 3 male) high and middle school students from all over the area.
The camp will culminate with a performance at the Northview Auditorium tonight at 5:30 p.m. The show is co-directed by Northview musical director Kristina Waugh and Chrystal Chrysler, who handles choreography duties for the school's musical programs. Participants will run through a series of numbers depicted on the show, including Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Van Halen's "Jump" and Katrina & The Waves' "Walkin' on Sunshine."
Waugh, who has been involved in musical theater dating back to grade school, said the popularity of "Glee" has opened the door for many people to discover a passion for song and dance they may not have previously come across in mainstream America.
"(The show) allows for more people of all different ages and groups to discover musical theater," Waugh said. "A lot of people don't know about it, but when they see it on TV, they may want to find out how to get involved."
The show features large-scale singing and choreographic numbers, all of which had to come together in just one week.
Getting the numbers perfect would likely prove to be an arduous task for seasoned professionals, let alone a group of junior and senior high kids.
Despite the crammed together work session, choreographer Chrysler said progress has come very quickly and says she believes the show will prove to be a thoroughly entertaining one.
"It's a huge task," Chrysler said when asked about putting the show together. "It's been tough, but the kids have really stepped up. We've really focused on making sure they've gotten each step down, and they've really done a great job."
Aside from the opportunity to perform, the camp has helped bring together gleeks, a short hand expression used on the show's rabid fanbase, from all over the area. Jordan Nickles, who will be a senior at Terre Haute North High School next year, says working with people he wouldn't normally get to work with has proven to be a positive experience.
"I think combining all the schools together was a great idea," said Nickles, who has done musical and cabaret work previously. "Everybody has been giving 200 percent, and I think it's going to be a great show."
Though they haven't yet performed, Waugh said plans are already underway to continue the program next year.
She said she hopes with more planning, the program can expand in several ways, including a separate middle school and high school program, as well as expanding the camp to two weeks.
As the year progresses, Waugh said she hopes the show will continue to reach a wide audience, feeling this will create even greater public interest in performance based musical theater.
While still in support of traditional musical programs, Waugh says they focus more on fundamental basics, and believes a focus on performance elements can bring more kids into a musical realm.
"As time goes on, I think we are going to see more kids getting involved in these types of programs," Waugh said. "The interest is there. It's just a matter of time."
The "Glee Camp" will perform in the Northview High School Auditorium today at 5:30 p.m.