The Edmond Sun

January 20, 2014

Broadway choreographer works with North drama students

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Edmond North High School drama students were treated to a piece of Broadway Jan. 17-19.  

Terry Lavell, a Broadway choreographer and a Tony Award-winning dancer, conducted a workshop as well as choreographed two numbers for the upcoming musical “West Side Story” set to run March 6-8.  

Lavell said that he has been performing since elementary school when he performed in the “Nutcracker.”

“I love Edmond (North) High School. The kids work hard, which is a direct reflection of the work Jena Nelson is doing,” Lavell said.

The cast of West Side Story will consist of 30 ENHS students and seven adults from the school’s faculty. Those guest appearances include Jery Ramsey, Haley Sherrard, Elizabeth Scott, Jason Pittinger, Brian Eccelente, Chris Helling and Robert Carpenter.   

Nelson said she wanted to showcase diversity when casting the parts.  

“So much about life is connections,” she said.  

Nelson went to college with Lavell, which gave her the opportunity to bring him to North.  

“This is going to take high school musicals to a whole different level,” she said referring to Lavell’s work with the students.

“West Side Story” will be performed March 6-8 at Edmond North High School. Show times are at 7 p.m. each evening. The musical is based on the conception of Jerome Robbins and originally written by Arthur Laurents. Music is by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics were written by Stephen Sondheim.

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