Julie Constantini would love to see a day when the best high school actors and musicians combine for a countywide musical.
“For a very long time, I thought it would be great to have an All-County type musical so the kids could have the opportunity to perform under different directors, in a different auditorium, and play with some of the best singers and actors from each high school,” said Costantini. “My colleague, Jim Foley, and I have decided to take on the task and co-direct the show.”
Constantini kicked off the process in recent years with summer performances featuring actors from across Chautauqua County. A recent performance of Legally Blonde featured artists from Jamestown, Falconer, Southwestern, Pine Valley, Portville, Panama, Dunkirk and Maple Grove who began rehearsals in June for a performance in late July.
In our view, a true county-wide musical is an idea whose time has come. The Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association has shown that countywide music festivals are rewarding for students and guest conductors who come from school districts near and far to participate. And, let’s not forget, shared sports teams have become a way for school districts with smaller numbers of athletes to participate in high school athletics.
A musical featuring Chautauqua County’s top talent would be a sight to behold. It would be great to see more schools add students to Constantini and Foley’s performances.