Jump, Jive, & Wail
MILLERSPORT – Millersport Community Theater means a thing, ‘coz it’s got that swing! This year, a huge cast of local talent presents “Swinging Through the Years” for its annual minstrel, March 1 and 2, 8 p.m., at Millersport Elementary School. Contact (740) 503-1365 for ticket information.
The first half of this year’s production focuses on dancing and music from the 1920s through the 1960s—a chorus number, solos, black light songs, etc.—with some titles including Jump, Jive, and Wail; It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing; Blue Skies; and New York, New York, among others.
The second half becomes more modern with songs from singer/songwriters of the 1970s though today who made an impact on contemporary music or were iconic in some way. These artists include Bill Withers, James Taylor, Madonna, Adele, Carole King, and Barry Manilow, among others.
According to the Millersport Community Theater web site, minstrel shows became a Millersport tradition in 1958 when the Millersport Athletic Booster Club sponsored the show. Later, the project was shared with the Band Boosters.
After many years, the shows were discontinued and then revived by the Millersport Community Theatre, (MCT) in 1976. Each year since then, MCT has produced a community minstrel show featuring area t alent. T he MCT was an outgrowth of the Bicentennial Celebration and began with the summer production of Brigadoon.
Membership has increased and for every year since its beginning, MCT has produced a summer musical.
For the past 30 years, MCT has produced a spring minstrel. The cast includes farmers, educators, sales representatives, doctors, construction workers, bankers, teachers, secretaries and politicians who all perform for the enjoyment of the arts and fellowship.