Barclay College brings to life a production of well-known song and dance numbers in Haviland

Edward J. Naughton and Jennifer Stultz
Kiowa County Signal
Current Barclay College student Markeze Collick (left) and Barclay College graduate Marcus Collick are brothers who performed together in the Barclay College production of "All Together Now," on November 12, 13 and 14 in Haviland.

The cast and crew of the hit review known as "All Together Now!" perfected three performances encompassing 15 songs, 6 big dance numbers and over 160 costumes last weekend at Barclay College, much to the delight of ticket-holders. All shows took place at the still-new Ross-Ellis Fine Arts Building on the Barclay campus in Haviland.

“We were incredibly excited to be back on stage this fall with performances of Music Theatre International’s "All Together Now!” said show director Randi Shetley. “We were thrilled to bring back some favorite songs from our past shows and to introduce our patrons to new ones.”  

The licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) created the "All Together Now!" concept to bring back live entertainment events to communities, all around the world, after the necessary absence of such stage productions due to health concerns related to COVID-19. Most stage productions were cancelled last year because of necessary COVID restrictions, accompanied by the need for social distancing and other precautionary measures taken to stop the spread of the virus.

Theatrical organizations and colleges like Barclay used this worldwide opportunity as a local fundraising event, hoping to create a positive and inspiring global event, all while celebrating local theater. 

Barclay College joined thousands of other theatrical organizations around the globe by producing their own Kansas production of MTI's "All Together Now!" featuring songs from MTI’s beloved catalogue of musicals including "Annie," "Come From Away," "Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins," "Disney’s Beauty and the Beast," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Rent," "High School Musical," "Disney’s Frozen," "Matilda," "Disney’s Newsies" and many more.

Many current students at Barclay, and even a few former Barclay students who have already graduated with their degrees from Barclay College, devoted themselves to the task of practice and preparation under the watchful and practiced eye of director Shetley, who teaches fine arts classes at Barclay College. 

Shetley said practice and repeated rehearsal sessions are always needed because sometimes somebody forgets to get a microphone properly hooked up, or a cast member simply wears the wrong costume for the given number, or someone misses a line. Practice helps eliminate the little mistakes and miscues by cast members or crewmembers as they get ready for the live shows in front of a big audience.

This weekend's musical review features 15 songs, 6 big dance numbers and over 160 costumes designed and arranged by three Kiowa Countians Deb Folkerts, Lori Binford and Joyce Bryan, who dedicate themselves totally to the cause, according to Shetley.

With more than 160 costumes in use, quick changes by cast members back stage were coordinated with the help of the crew members to keep the show moving quickly. There was only one short intermission in the 90-minute-show, during which cast and crew could catch their breath.

Costume designers Deb Folkerts, Lori Binford and Joyce Bryan, had additional support from Hannah Lee, production stage manager for "All together Now!"  Haviland native Traci Ballard was the show choreographer.

Other key leaders in the show were Kim Stewart, vocal director, and Kay Unruh and Brockie Follette, former students who both actively participated in some of the song and dance numbers. 

The show had the additional benefit of drawing cast and choir members from the area schools such as Pratt High School, Haviland Grade School and Kiowa County High School. The Pratt High School choir performmed a number called "The New World," appearing in the Saturday night and Sunday afternoon performances only.

Kahrie Stegman, a 2020 Pratt High School graduate and current Barclay student was one of the premiere singers in this production and played a prominent singing role as 'Elsa of Arendelle' in a song from the movie "Frozen."

Brothers Marcus Collick and Markeze Collick also showcased their talent. Though from the state of Maryland, the Collick brothers brought energy and dancing talent galore to the Kansas production. Marcus, a Barclay College graduate, is currently a first grade teacher at USD 382 Pratt, while his brother, Markeze, is a current Barclay College working on his degree program.

The Ross-Ellis Fine Arts and Ministry Center, located at 606 N. Main St, just west of the main Barclay College in Haviland, has already been home to several acclaimed musical and theatrical productions under the leadership of Shetley. Barclay College is a private, four year school that provides a full tuition scholarship to all on-campus students who live on the Haviland campus.