It's part floor show, part circus and all Broadway.
It's "Scotscapades," a tradition at La Habra High School for 25 years. Staged arena-style in the school's gymnasium, the show features an all-student cast of singers and dancers performing selections from several Broadway musicals.
A special silver anniversary performance of the show is scheduled for a four-day run beginning tonight at 8.
At the helm of the production is music instructor William Dunton, who conceived the show in 1962 as an alternative to a standard stage musical. "How many kids get to sing and dance in a regular show?" Dunton asked. "In this show, everyone gets a shot at doing their thing. And we have a clear intention of what we want to accomplish."
This year's production is budgeted at $12,000. The cast, numbering 200, will perform selections from "Flower Drum Song," "Guys and Dolls," "A Most Happy Fella" and "Gypsy." Dance numbers accompany the singing, ranging from traditional ballroom styles and tap dancing to gymnastics. Also planned is a reproduction of a Chinatown street parade, complete with dragon.