Southern Lehigh Theatre’s spring musical is an 80’s blast from the past



Students are working hard to be ready for opening night on March 22nd

Natalie Perrelli, Staff Reporter

The Southern Lehigh Theatre returns this spring with its rendition of Broadway’s “Rock of Ages. The musical tells the story of a small-town girl, a city boy, and a bar that those of Sunset Strip, California, consider the best rock spot. This bar is at risk of demolition, so it’s up to a group of aspiring rockers and their companions to save it, and rock and roll.

“Rock of Ages” features 1980’s throwbacks, including “We Built This City” by Starship, “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, and “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” by Foreigner. 

“There are so many hit 80’s songs,” junior cast member Leah Lazurek said.“I can guarantee the whole audience will be singing along with their favorites.” 

Lazurek stars as Dennis Dupree, the owner of the rock bar that is at risk of shut-down. The character is portrayed as laid-back, goofy, and even a bit fatherly.

“He really just wants to save his bar and keep up the spirit of rock and roll,” Lazurek said. “He’s not really concerned about the profit.”

Those included in the musical continue to work for endless hours on their singing and dancing routines, meeting nearly every day after school to rehearse. Every role plays a big part in overall production. 

“It’s a lot of work,” freshman Ariannah Hunte, an ensemble member, said. “But for the most part, it’s really fun. The cast is great, and it’s awesome being able to just goof around backstage.” 

The opening night of Rock of Ages will be March 22nd at 7:00 pm, and they will continue performing at the same time until March 26th.  Tickets are available on the theater website or at the door selling at $10 for students and $15 for the public.