Performance at RFA

Performance at RFA
Posted on 04/25/2019

Tonight, Thursday, April 25th, RFA’s Rhapsody Show Choir will be hosting a performance with the Rome Community Theatre Talent Team and the Denti Elementary Drama Club. The show will begin at 7:00pm; tickets are $5 and available at the door or in advance at Jervis Public Library.

Students from Denti Elementary school will be performing highlights from their recent production of Madagascar Jr. They are under the direction of Sarah Anderson, Chris DeNova, Roseann Francescone, Elizabeth Moore, and Barbara Vacca. Student performers include: Rosina Woodward, Nolan Moore, Evan Lewthwaite, Zahviere Hernandez, Barbara Ciotti, Izabelle Kotary, Wyatt Knamm, Jade McClenin, Steven Light, Janai Haden, Christianna Clark, Sage Andrews, Isabella Wilcox, Elena Daniels, Addison Burkhart, Hayden Civitelli, Messiah Hart, Tyler Hayes, Camryn Clark, Gio Fiorenza, Tyler Hayes, Joanna Butler, Azrielle Smith, Messiah Hart, Kaitlynn Hardee, Nathan Langston, Michael Hayes, Neveah Santmyer-Sochia, Malachi Kirk, Heaven Aldrich, Alessandra Brockway, Jordan Meier, Lexi McClenin, Mateo Clark, Kaylee Symula, Andi Moraco, William French, Emily Vanderworken, Rayanna Paul, Cara Yates, Nora Swan, Ashton Lewthwaite, Isabella Hunt, Ella Abdou, Jaylynn Westcott, Glendalynn Keller, Amelia Capelli, Trenee Kirk, Kierra Kilpeck, Rylee Ingro, Adrien House, Ethan Makuch, and Addison Lee.

The Rome Community Theater is an entirely volunteer run, non-profit organization. Their Talent Team is a “just for fun” program for young people ages 6-25 to explore and develop their creativity and talent in a high energy environment based on encouragement and support. The Talent team is directed by Dave Bush and Sean Arnold. They will be performing some skits and songs from Spongebob Squarepants the Musical and the classic rock band Queen. All of the skits and dialogue in the performance were created entirely through collaboration by the entire Talent Team. Performers include Sean Arnold, Jack Wood, Haley Gatley, Cassandra Dolan, Sully Walker, Emily Libertella, Alexa Lyness, Hannah Gatley, Makayla Arnold, Caden Giardino, Elaina Smaldon, Michaela Debowey, Bryanna Pace, Lilly Keach, Richard Knopka, Sky Colòn, Anthony Graham, and Kaylee Neddo.

Rome Free Academy Rhapsody was founded by Jake Meiss in 2010. Rhapsody has become a tradition at RFA, performing locally as well as in Massachusetts, Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida. As usual, Rhapsody will be performing mash-ups: combinations of songs with similar themes. This will be Rhapsody’s final local performance of their 2019 show, featuring music from Irving Berlin, Gloria Estafan, Michael Jackson, the Darkness, Queen, Beyonce, the Go-Gos, Hairspray, Marry Poppins, Dreamgirls, Kinky Boots, Camp Rock, and The Greatest Showman. According to Meiss, many Rhapsody members are coming off the fun and success of The Drowsy Chaperone and are excited to dust off the 2019 Rhapsody set. The group is gearing up for their first international performances as they travel to Niagara Falls and Toronto in May.

Jake Meiss is the music arranger and choreographer of Rhapsody, and Kristen Meiss, Debbie Kieffer, and Kerri Winkler are production managers. There are 26 vocalists in Rhapsody this year: Jacob Bruder, Jake Carissimo, Jon Carissimo, Jeremy Fargas, Zach Filer, Joe Gazzilli, Alex Linderman, Kevin O’Neil, Hunter Pisanneschi, David Salce, Zach Swistak, Jimmy Pike, Ethan Vernold, Kayla Bush, Hailee Catalano, Giana Cheri, Grace Englebert, Zoe Fragapane, Taylor Griffin, Lauryn Haag, Gianna Maneen, Abigail Morgan, Giovanna Sudol, Amity Szatko, Mariah Taylor, and Emily Worth. Rhapsody is accompanied by a student combo of Sven van Hoesel on piano, Deven Hosley on drums, Lily Fleming on bass, and a horn section of Tah’Ken Fediw, Nick Ferretti, Dominic Sleszynski, and Alex Zappavigna.

Photos by Darian Deeley

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