‘All Night Strut: A Jumpin’ Jivin’ Jam’

TUPPER LAKE – There will be a high-octane, energy-driven musical performance this weekend at the Tupper Lake High School auditorium.

The Tupper Lake Middle and High School’s Red and Black Players will bring the sights and sounds of the “All Night Strut: A Jumpin’ Jivin’ Jam” to audiences at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The musical begins in the 1930s and prances and capers its way through seven decades to a soundtrack that includes swing to rhythm, tap, and hip-hop.

The guide to each act is a silent, clown-like being named Coda.

“It’s not really a through story,” said Liz Cordes, the vocal music director for the show. “There are seven different storylines that go through it. One focuses on the Hollywood-style musical and another that focuses on World War II. It’s all tied together by a silent narrator, who brings everything together.”

Some of the acts focus on the music and dancing while others tell stories, like the World War II act, which depicts a young man as he goes through boot camp and spends time on a battlefield. Cordes said dialogue is is scarce throughout the production, with music and singing telling the stories instead.

“Because we travel through so many time periods, we’re going with a very minimal set,” Cordes said. “The focus is on the dancing and the costumes and the lights. There are some really neat lighting effects that we’re going to incorporate.”

The music for the show will be performed by a live pit of seven local, professional musicians playing songs by Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser, and Jerome Kern. Tupper Lake alumni Nicole Nilsson, currently a student at SUNY Potsdam, choreographed the musical.

Cordes said the audience is encouraged to get out of their seats and dance at the all-ages-appropriate show.

“I can tell you, no one will tell them to sit down if they stand up and dance in the aisle,” Cordes said.

Tickets for “All Night Strut: A Jumpin’ Jivin’ Jam” can purchased at the door. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.