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High Performance ~ NWSS Musical Theatre presents: Crazy For You!

Who doesn’t love to see great student talent on stage?
It’s High Performance all the way:
NWSS Musical Theatre Program presents a New Gershwin Musical:

February 21-24 | Massey Theatre



Backstage with dancers, musicians, stage technicians, performers, teachers: work begins a year before the production…

Crazy for You! Another hit musical comes to Massey Theatre thanks to NWSS Musical Theatre

January 29, 2018 – The New Westminster Secondary Musical Theatre Program is excited to be bringing another hit musical to the Massey Theatre stage February 21 to 24, 2018.

More than 100 students in musical theatre – and in related music, dance and stage technician programs – have been pouring heart and soul into the “superbly entertaining” romantic comedy Crazy For You, with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and based on the book by Ken Ludwig.

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NWSS is proud of its long tradition of outstanding musical stage productions. Since 2008, NWSS students have been wowing audiences with their outstanding musical productions including

  • Annie (2008),
  • Bye Bye Birdie (2009),
  • Grease (2011)
  • Footloose (2015) and
  • Legally Blonde (2017).


This year’s production is a romantic comedy that  tells the story of dreamer Bobby Child, a New York City banker who longs to perform on the stage.

When he is sent to the sleepy town of Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on a theatre, he meets Polly Baker whose father happens to own the theatre and he falls dramatically and hopelessly in love with her.

Audiences will be taken on an entertaining journey filled with cunning wit and mistaken identity as Bobby attempts to win Polly’s heart and save the theatre.

The show features many Gershwin classics such as: “I got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “Slap that Bass.”

Rehearsals for the production started in November and ran for a month of weekends, with production week featuring daily stage work and preparation before Opening Night.

Backstage with Crazy for You!

High Performance - Behind the scenes of Crazy for You! A New Gershwin Musical...
Production planning for most NWSS Massey Theatre performances start nearly a year before Opening Night...
Students apply to register in the Musical Theatre Program in April, audition in spring and are cast in September...
For this production, musicians, performers, singers, dancers and stage technicians began to put it all together starting in December...
They work with professional theatre artists who provide support and mentorship... .
Here, set designer and scenic painter Omanie Elias demonstrates how the stage sets will work....
NWSS Performing Arts Department dance teacher Lindsay Waldner works out the details of the choreography...
In most cases, timing can be everything!
Student actors work on character development...
More than 100 students in a variety of arts - music, dance, singing - are involved in the musical theatre program production.
Teacher Frances Monteleone is the director; she is pictured here with Waldner and Kelly Proznick, Performing Arts Department Head...
Traci Cave supports the backstage work - the 'complicated world that nobody sees!"
Steve Clements is the orchestra conductor. All of the teachers have worked together on outstanding musical stage productions for years...
The Performing Arts is the second largest department at NWSS and fosters a strong sense of community among all involved...
A month of weekend rehearsals allow for work in blocking, timing, transitions and more....
A video will help Massey Theatre professionals plan stage details for the upcoming performance...
Meet the crew! These are the people who’ve been working non-stop behind the scenes to get the technical side of this show going.
They create stage set models....
They manage, source and size costumes for all the actors...
They design, create and organize props for the play, from phones to exploding cuckoo clocks...
If props don't look authentic, the audience will notice!
Propboxes are organized for each scene. This one supports the bar scene!
The stage technicians make sure the beer mugs are in place - and look realistic!
They also make sure the shot glass is weighted enough to slide across the table..
Student stage technicians survey their work,...
Described as a 'notoriously entertaining' show,the Gershwin musical blends music, laughter, dancing, sentiment and showmanship ...
Theatre life can be stressful...but as Kelly Poznick notes: it always comes together!
Like apprenticeships, the strength of the NWSS Performing Arts program is the bridge it builds between the educational world and the professional arts world.....
The department is also building a whole new generation of arts appreciation amongst students.
Given the reality in the arts, which tend to be underfunded, students learn to be advocates for what they are doing. ..
For all involved, the production is a labour of love...

 Your Support Matters ~ NWSS Performing Arts Appreciate YOU!

The NWSS Musical Theatre program is looking for individuals who would like to support this year’s program by becoming a donor.


  • Gold Donors: $500
  • Silver Donors: $300
  • Bronze Donors: $150


While we encourage patrons to donate at the levels above, any donation of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt from SD40.

Donations By Cheque

Cheques must be made payable to “SD40” with “NWSS Musical Theatre Program” noted in the memo field of the cheque. Cheques can be mailed/delivered to the main office at NWSS (835 8th Street New Westminster V3M 3S9) care of Ms Kelly Proznick, Musical Theatre Program.

Donations by Credit Card

A credit card form can be found here. For more information, please email Ms Kelly Proznick, Visual and Performing Arts Department Head at





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