‘Vikings on Broadway’ performances open

In this scene from an earlier ‘Vikings on Broadway,’ students, from left, Isabella Kelley, Teryn Jackson, Riquandrion Mangum, Ayden Law and Breckyn Lindenman perform a song from ‘Hamilton.’

After a break of more than a year, “Vikings on Broadway” opened Thursday night in the Winfield High School auditorium.

Vocal music director Matt Berthot said he was “really excited” about VOB’s finally getting to open after being canceled altogether in spring 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and being delayed in March 2021 because some students came down with the coronavirus just before the show was supposed to happen.

This year’s VOB is “telling the story of 2020-21 from where we were a year ago to where we are going now,” Berthot said. “Some parts of it are really tough, but we end it in love and hope for what’s on the other side.”

Berthot said this is the first time he has created a chronological story for the show.

“There’s a reason for every song,” he said.

The show “starts cold,” he said. “There’s no shock and awe” as is usual in a VOB opening. “We want to ease the audience in slowly.” The second song begins the journey into the past in order to begin the journey forward to today. Students’ coming down with the virus in March was unexpected, but only slowed the production.

“Life happens to us,” Berthot said. “Fortunately the story is stronger for it.”

Show times and dates are at 7:30 p.m. today; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday.

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It’s great to have Viking voices back again! We have very talented kids in Winfield! We’re also so fortunate to have Matt directing and guiding those amazing students to go beyond what they think is possible and do that in a positive way! We’re Viking Strong!

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