Razzle Dazzle was an ambitious undertaking. We chose to do a musical review of multiple shows instead of one musical for many reasons. We wanted this show to be accessible to a diverse crowd, especially to the younger generation. We also felt that we needed to really challenge our students who were participating. We chose shows with complicated music and dancing and that required a certain level of maturity from the performers and the audience. We knew that some of the themes of Chicago, Rent, and even Grease could have been challenging for some people to digest. However, we also wanted to make a statement that said John Muir High can take these themes and approach them with a level of maturity unsurpassed by many high schools and create something amazing out of them.
Although the show is short, sweet, and never drags, the technicality of the music and dancing have been very demanding on the students. We could never have done this show without the help of so many people who showed their support along the way. The administration team stood by us and stood by what we were trying to do for Muir by producing the show. Our wonderful choreographer, Brandon Reece, is responsible for making the students look so great on stage together. We never would have had a set if it weren't for the support of our friends at Pasadena High School. The list of people to thank is so long. It is really a testament to what can be done when people work together, despite the roadblocks and challenges we encountered while along the way.
It is the fact that we have such a great school and wonderful group of students that made everyone so willing to help. We are so very proud of each and every one of the students involved for their commitment to the show and each other. They really gave the school a showcase for the diverse talents and abilities possessed by our students at John Muir.