begins at the high school reunion for the West Lake High School Class
of 1989. When the award-winning West Lake show choir, "The Syncopated
Sensations," are unable to perform, we flash back to the 1980s, and the
Sensations' last weeks of high school. Each with a unique personality,
the Sensations find friendship and camaraderie in their goup, while
being bullied but the "Soc's," the mean kids whose primary goal seems
to be making the Sensations' last days of high school a miserable
experience. However, the Sensations are ready to show the rest of West
Lake High School what they are made of as the year's final pep rally
approaches. Through their determination, talent, and friendship, and
with the help of some new friends, the Sensations witll leave their
mark on West Lake forever!
THE SYNCOPATED SENSATIONS
Lynn Kelly is the
self-proclaimed songbird of West
Lake High and spokesperson for her family's cookie company. Tiara is
top of what's going on at West Lake,
as the latest fashions and trends. Tiara is a multi-threat, being a
model, actress, and a dancer, and, at heart, a great friend. When
checking her make-up, hair, or practicing her modeling poses, Tiara's
include being top model at Barbizon, being the first person at school
in a major motion picture, and to help Kippy get over Mike!
Lum Ding O'Reilly is the most
spiritual student at
High. Having a strong up-bringing in Christian/Asian religions, Lum
Ding is the
voice of reason for the Sensations. Lum Ding's unconditional love for
things, especially his egg baby Bochoi, always leave the Sensations
do good things. Lum Ding’s goals are to hone his fatherhood
skills with Bochoi,
receive the Fellowship of Christian Athletes scholarship, and to
in all his peers.
Jessie Newton-John is first and foremost the
captain and choreographer for the Sensations. Jessie's Aunt Olivia is
model, and he gets a lot of his talent and advice from her. The
Jessie's best friends in the whole world and he loves them all and
exceptional talent more than he can say-- but excellence is always a
and he will not settle for less! Jessie's goals for the rest of the
include superior scores at all competitions, getting new cummerbunds
group, and preparing for college at AMDA.
Grapenut Brown is always down to
earth and always one
nature. She is the cornerstone in reminding the Sensations to be
in themselves, no matter how different they may seem. Grapenut is
accompanied by her most trusted and loved companion Poncho, a "sweet"
little bird that resides on her shoulder. Grapenut's goals
banning meat products from the school lunch menu, building Poncho his
birdhouse, and obtaining her carpentry license.
Kippy Kaler is a cheerleader
for the West
sports teams, but being a Sensation is her passion. Kippy, with her
always has a way of making everyone feel good about themselves. Kippy
some hardships this school year but knows her friends will always be
re-pep her. Kippy's goals include getting back together with Mike,
on her whipped cream intake, and getting back together with Mike.
Jimmy Phil Tony Bob Lee is his
short for James
Anthony Robert Lee Stafford. A recent transplant from a very small town
Jimmy has made quite an adjustment to his new suburban life. Jimmy is
oldest in a family of 18, and is cared for by his older sister, Fancy.
As a Sensation,
what Jimmy lacks in skill, he makes up for in heart. Jimmy's goals
graduating, winning employee of the of the month at Chick-Fil-A, and
all his choreography right.
and Toffee Tepperman are the
not-so-twin sisters that have it out
for the Sensations. Taffy & Toffee are an inseparable pair that
looking to ruin someone’s day...even if it's each
Taffy and Toffee enjoy fashion, the Coreys, and finding opportunities
to make others feel inferior to them.
Mike Meadows is not only the
biggest jock in
he's also the biggest idiot. Making dumb jokes, burping for extended
time, and some sports seem to be his only talents.
Wentworth is probably
the most low key of the Soc's. Vince is Mike’s best friend,
he is also into sports--though he's a bit more
intelligent than his buddy. Although Vince contributes to the
group’s ideas of
fun, sometimes it's hard to tell if he's really getting pleasure out of
Jean Michelle Valjean is West Lake's newest
addition. A foreign
exchange student from France, Jean
Michelle, with her good heart and incredible knack for the needle and
has warmed the hearts of all of the Sensations and has been welcomed in
of their own. Jean Michelle enjoys fashion and design, cooking, and
Holly Feffen is not
really in a clique,
latched on to Taffy and Toffee. In her struggle to be cool, she will
do anything they say...and does. Holly is infamous for her banana clip
collection, and was
voted "biggest hair" by the yearbook committee. She enjoys reading the
morning announcements, wearing various colors, and having school spirit.
Fancy Stafford is Jimmy Phil Tony Bob Lee's
sister. As sole
provider for their family, Fancy is an executive in the
Fancy is caring and hardworking, and will do ANYTHING to make sure her
sisters and brothers are
taken care of. With a heart of gold, Fancy will make sure she never
mama down, because she is her family's last chance.
premiered at the Duplex Cabaret in New York City in March, 2007. Since
then, the show has toured throughout the southeastern United States,
with productions in Tampa, Orlando, Riverview, and Sarasota, Florida;
and New Orleans, Louisiana. The show is currently available for
bookings throughout 2009 and beyond.
and Directed by Jonathan Van Dyke
Musical Direction by Meredith McDermott
Original choreography by Chris DeMartino, Jonathan Van Dyke and Keith
Original musical arrangements by B.J. Gandolfo and Bill Morgan
Revised arrangements, orchestrations, and tracks by Andrew Guarrine
Additional vocal arrangements by Meredith McDermott
Costumes by Keith Rabin and Jonathan Van Dyke