New Musical Asks, “Which Decade Has the Best Music?”

Drama at Northwood has been thriving after last year’s successes on the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the play Anon(ymous). Thanks to Theater Director Ms. Noël Carmichael, the first performance of the 2019-20 school year is, once again, expected to be outstanding.


The poster for “Good Old Days” was designed by Sara Ellsworth ’21.

The upcoming show, The Good Old Days, is an original musical written by Ms. Carmichael and Sarah Sheridan ‘21. “It’s a musical review that covers 99 years of pop music from 1920 to 2019. The premise of the show is a competition of which decade has the best music and which generation is right — because every generation feels as though music from their childhood is the best,” said Ms. Carmichael.

“What I want the audience to learn from our play is that every one of them is right. Every music is the best music because it reminds each of us of different events in our lives and the emotions we’ve felt,” she added.

Since auditions last spring, students involved in drama production both onstage and backstage have worked hard to produce this much-anticipated performance. Along with the original script, the play also features a performance from a live, professional band directed by Ms. Brianna Sanford, Music Director, animations created by Sara Ellsworth ‘21, and choreography designed by students. “The musical is funny and light-hearted. It’s about celebrating and enjoying music from every decade,” Ms. Carmichael said.

The Good Old Days will be performed at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 7 pm on October 29th and 30th. All Northwood students will attend one of the performances, and the public is welcome to attend for free.


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