Thomasville - If you don't believe in natural born talent, 100 students at Brookwood school just might change your mind in their production of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie".
David Grooms, head of Brookwood's upper school says, "I think it's a reflection of not only the talent they have, but the hard work and the dedication they've put in over the years to train, to develop their singing skills or acting skills and to promote an increase in self assurance that I think is beneficial to them."
Rebekah George discovered her talent with a little push from mom. "My mom made me try out when I was in fourth grade for Annie and it just turns out that I got Annie," says Rebekah. "I've been doing plays ever since. It's a lot of fun, I really enjoy it."
Co-star of the musical, Brantley Jones, says he also loves to act, even if it is a lot of work. Jones says, "I've had no day off. I'll have one day off this Sunday actually, so it's a lot of work, it's all worth it. It's a really exciting play. It's got a lot of energy. It's good for a young cast."
Especially for those like Brantley and Rebekah who plan on continuing to act after they graduate. Rebekah says, "When I go to college. Maybe not as a major, but definitely as a minor, and I'm looking to get scholarships for acting and musical theater and music as well."
Brantley says, "Musical theatre is a lot of fun!" Fun to perform and fun to watch.
Brookwood school will present Bye Bye Birdie at the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium at 8:00 PM February 6th and 7th and at 2:00 PM February 8th. Reserved seats are $15.00 and are available at Brookwood school. General admission tickets can be purchased at CoCroft Music, Jan's Hallmark, Center Drug Store in Cairo or at the door. They are $10 for adults and $5 for students.