Grand Illusion, the award-winning Rome Middle School Show Choir, announces its spring show, Broadway On Broad Street, this Friday-Sunday at the Historic DeSoto Theatre. The performance features classic song and dance numbers from some of the most popular Broadway Shows, including “Annie,” “Hamilton,” “Grease,” “Aladdin” and more. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Proceeds go to Grand Illusion to help pay for costumes, music, choreography fees, travel and a litany of other expenses show choirs tend to run into. Grand Illusion began practicing in the summer, and the 60 students put in a ton of hard work. Grand Illusion was named the Grand Champion at the prestigious Albertville (Ala.) Diamond Classic competition. The group’s performance entitled Legends Live Forever featured song and dance numbers from artists like Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley and others. The group also won for best choreography, best vocals and the people’s choice award. “We have had a quick turnaround form competition season to start preparing this show, and I’m excited that we’re going to be able to showcase our talents to the greater Rome community,” Grand Illusion director Jessica Kennedy says. “If you love singing, dancing and Broadway, I know you’ll love this show.” For more.
On radio: Jessica Kennedy joins us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition at 7:40 this morning on WRGA 98.7 FM. Online at wrga.streamon.fm
The Rome Noon Optimist Club recently held its annual Oratorical Contest. The students were awarded $325 in prize money. The two boys contestants and the first place girls contestant will move on to the Region Contest. The winners of the region contest will compete in the GATEway Optimist District Contest for one of two $2,500 college scholarships. The contestants were: Girls, first place: Sarai Eubanks (Model Middle); second place: Kayla Hutcherson (Armuchee High); third place: Elizabeth Marshall (Model High) Boys: First place, Hunter Hays (Model High); second place: Dequan Johnson (Coosa High).