Dover High School captured the Encore for best overall performance with Footloose.
Dover High School captured the Encore for best overall performance with Footloose. (Submitted photo)

They each had 8 minutes.

The 12 York County high schools performing in Encore made use of a short period of time to share the heart of their productions.

Encore is a musical theater showcase that this year replaced the long-running Rosies, held at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center every May for eight years. Sunday afternoon at Central York High School, the Encore event continued the tradition of the Rosies, recognizing young talent with awards.

"It was fabulous, just fabulous," said Lyn Bergdoll, artistic director and choreographer for the event.

Mark Zortman, musical director at Central York, and district administration, staff and volunteers did an excellent job hosting Encore in its inaugural year, she said.

Last summer, a group of musical directors met and decided not to participate in the Rosies, claiming the event had outgrown the York City venue.

More than 500 student actors, dancers, musicians and backstage workers participated in Encore, Bergdoll said.

"The enthusiasm is always there with the kids. It's inspiring for them and inspires everyone who attends," she said. If you missed one of the local high school musicals this year, Sunday afternoon was your chance to see several:

*"Annie Get Your Gun," performed by Spring Grove Area High School.

*"42nd Street," performed by York Suburban High School.

*"Once Upon A Mattress," performed by both West York Area and South Western high schools.

*"Legally Blonde," performed by Dallastown Area High School.

*"Phantom of the Opera," performed by both Susquehannock and Hanover Area high schools.

*"Grease," performed by Northeastern High School.

*"Seussical," performed by Eastern York High School.

*"Footloose," performed by Dover Area High School.

* "Chicago," performed by Kennard-Dale High School.

* "Oliver," performed by Central York High School.

Representatives from nearly every school also performed in a finale, "Steal Your Rock¥'n Roll" from the Broadway show "Memphis." Choreographed by Bergdoll, students learned the number in one day, she said.

The finale was met with a standing ovation, but the biggest cheers sounded when the awards were given.

"This really keeps the spotlight on performing arts in York County," Bergdoll said. "The performing arts teach life lessons - discipline, organization, time management, cooperation and how to work with people toward a common goal. You carry those life lessons with you forever, and the rewards are huge."

And the award goes to:

Outstanding Female Performers: Shelby Barnes, Hanover; Grace Gladfelter, West York; Kayla Kroh, Central York; Zoe Wildasin, Spring Grove.

Outstanding Male Performers: Michael Garland, South Western; Lane Gross, Northeastern; Dakota Haines, Dallastown; Joshua Lewis, Eastern York.

Most Creative or Original Performance: Eastern York.

Judges' Discretionary Award: Hanover.

Best Small Ensemble Performance: Dallastown.

Best Dance Performance: Kennard-Dale.

Best Production Number: Northeastern.

Best Overall Performance: Dover.

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