The inaugural "Lights Up" performance and fundraiser May 15 showcased artists from Newport Harbor High School's past and present. The high-energy performance entertained the crowd in the campus' sparkling rebuilt Robert B. Wentz Theater.
Newport Harbor alumnus Deb Marley, class of '91, directed a production that included talent in drama, music, voice and dance.
A highlight of the performance was the musical participation of the 28-piece Newport Harbor High School Midshipmen Jazz Band.
In a revival number dating to the 1940s, the band was joined by dancers Cat Boettner and Kami Kurisu for a performance that raised the energy level of the entire audience.
Twenty drama students performed highlights from Stephen Sondheim's "Into The Woods."
The production had major significance because it was the last musical play performed in the old theater before it was demolished, as well as the first play performed in the new theater.
Also on hand was Gregg Schwenk, Newport Harbor High School class of '86, who is co-founder and chief executive of the Newport Beach Film Festival.