In the real world, college students face the ordeal of cramming for final exams. They do whatever it takes to remember facts and prepare for the stress-filled tests.
But in the world of theater, elementary students find themselves in college, dealing with cram week in their own way.
Northwest Christian Schools will present the musical “Promise U” today and Friday.
Playing the parts of college students, third- through sixth-graders find the best ways to study for exams, and they realize the facts they’re learning have life applications.
One unusual aspect of the musical is the choreographed cheers performed by students of various ages. Former NWC high school cheerleader Jennifer Eide serves as consultant and coach.
Helen Kennett, NWC vocal music teacher, said the 126 performers have been preparing since January.
“The kids really exceeded my expectations,” she said. “They’ve done a fabulous job.”
Kennett said the group has spent lunch hours as well as regular music classes in rehearsal.
Performances are free and open to the public.
“The show is very entertaining,” Kennett said. “But if the audience opens up to the larger, deeper meaning, they’ll be blessed.”